Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago

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By (author) Roy A. Adkins, By (author) Lesley Adkins

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 30mm | 376g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349138605
  • ISBN 13: 9780349138602
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 90,867

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Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England explores the real England of Jane Austen's lifetime. It was a troubled period, with disturbing changes in industry and agriculture and a constant dread of invasion and revolution. The comfortable, tranquil country of her fiction is a complete contrast to the England in which she actually lived. From forced marriages and the sale of wives in marketplaces to boys and girls working down mines or as chimney sweeps, this enthralling social history reveals how our ancestors worked, played and struggled to survive. Taking in the horror of ghosts and witches, bull baiting, highwaymen and the stench of corpses swinging on roadside gibbets, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to discover the genuine story of Jane Austen's England and the background to her novels.

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Roy and Lesley Adkins are husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists, the bestselling authors of eighteen widely acclaimed books on social and naval history, archaeology, ancient Rome, ancient Greece and Egyptology. Their books include Jack Tar, Trafalgar, The War for All the Oceans, Empires of the Plain and The Keys of Egypt and have so far been translated into seventeen languages worldwide. Roy and Lesley Adkins are elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London and Members of the Institute for Archaeologists. For further information about them and their books, see their website www.adkinshistory.com.

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Scholarly but accessible ... a must for anyone who wants a peek under Mr Darcy's wet shirt Daily Mail