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Jane Austen's World

This Jane Austen blog brings Jane Austen, her novels, and the Regency Period alive through food, dress, social customs, and other 19th C. historical details related to this topic.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:49:56 +0000

Inquiring readers, I had the immense pleasure recently of visiting The Breakers, the summer “cottage” of the Cornelius Vanderbilt family in Newport, R.I. Before walking through its marbled halls, I could only imagine the conspicuous consumption this enormous house represented in the gilded age. I was not disappointed. The social life in Newport during the […](image)

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Jane Austen Music Concert with Broadwood Junction – Review by Patricia N. SaffranVicBroadwood junction2 copybroadwood square piano

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 22:27:51 +0000

Jane Austen’s Music Library – Broadwood Junction in concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York City, October 28, 2017, with musicians Francis Liu; violin, Patrick T. Jones; fortepiano; Sarah Stone; cello and Lucy Dhegrae; mezzo soprano, by Patricia N. Saffran. The concert opened with a passage read from Jane Austen’s Emma which included the […](image)

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Mon, 23 Oct 2017 01:23:46 +0000

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Heat and Light in Austen’s Novels (Part 2): Candles, by Rachel DodgeVicFashion Plate (Afternoon Dress for Decr. 1800) LACMA M.86.266.37

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:02:54 +0000

Just as fire was the centerpiece of most evening gatherings in Jane Austen’s time, candles also played a vital role in Regency life and culture. Today, family members work or read in separate rooms in the evening and go to bed at different times (due to the advent of electricity), but people in Austen’s day […](image)

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Heat and Light in Austen’s Novels (Part 1): Fires – Rachel DodgeVicChawton Cottage FireplaceChawton Great House Fireplace

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:40:40 +0000

At the heart of every household in Jane Austen’s time, a fire burned. Fires provided a fixed source of heat and light, around which people gathered and moved, cooked and cleaned, lived and socialized. And while it’s lovely to imagine that families in Austen’s day gathered together in the evening simply because they enjoyed one […](image)

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Jane Austen on the GoVicIMG_0072sylvesterindexoverdrivelibrivoxplayawayfavorite podcast

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:26:18 +0000

Dear Readers, Once again I found myself traveling between Richmond and Baltimore to visit family. In theory, the route over I-95 should take only 2 hours and 45 minutes. Hah! This time the trip took 5 hours due to heavy traffic and a thunderstorm or two. While driving, I love to listen to my favorite […](image)

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Exploring Jane Austen’s PrayersVicThe Prayers of Jane AustenAusten Framed PrayerSteventon Plaque (1)Interior Steventon ChurchHelen LeFroy Winchester Cathedral

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:11:40 +0000

Exploring Jane Austen’s Prayers, by Rachel Dodge As we reflect this month on the beautiful written treasures Jane Austen left behind her in this world, we also celebrate the wonderful life that she lived. Though she has been gone 200 years now, her novels are a continual gift we can enjoy again and again. And […](image)

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A Discussion With Meg Kerr, Author of DevotionVicDevotionMeg Kerr

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:22:07 +0000

Hello readers at Jane Austen’s World! My name is Meg Kerr, and I’m thrilled to be here with you. First, I’d like to thank Vic for allowing me to contribute this guest post on my new book, Devotion. Devotion explores events after Pride and Prejudice ends through fan-favourite characters including Georgiana Darcy and Mrs. Bennet. […](image)

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Ice Cream in July During the Georgian Recipe hands

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:19:22 +0000

Gentle Reader, This week marks the July 4th holiday in the U.S., which means family gatherings, outdoor picnics, firework celebrations, and, most of all, ice cream! This delicious treat became more and more common at the turn of the 19th century when the method of transporting and storing great big blocks of ice over long […](image)

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Jane Austen and Duck EggsVicegg sizes3 eggschawton-cottage-garden_wikimediaduck eggs from great british chefs

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:25:00 +0000

Last week a colleague at work, who lives in one of the prettier areas of rural Virginia, brought a dozen duck eggs to work. She had purchased them from a local farmer. Several of us pounced on these exotic avian gifts, since most of us obtain eggs from the lowly chicken from local grocers. Curiosity […](image)

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A Visit to Bath: Tony GrantVicdukes hotel vic

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:50:41 +0000

Dear reader, Jane Austen and the Georgian city of Bath are closely entwined throughout her novels and later life. Tony Grant’s contributions regarding Bath have been vitally important to me and this blog. His thoughts, images, and insights have enhanced my posts about this topic. Tony has generously allowed me to link to his popular […](image)

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