Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen's England : Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods

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An authoritative account of everyday life in Regency England, the backdrop of Austen s beloved novels Nearly two centuries after her death, Jane Austen remains the most cherished of all novelists in the English language, incomparable in the wit, warmth, and insight with which she depicts her characters and life. Yet the milieu Austen presents is only one aspect of the England in which she lived, a time of war, unrest, and dramatic changes in the country s physical and social landscape. Jane Austen s England offers a fascinating new view of the great novelist s time, in a wide-ranging and richly detailed social history of English culture. As in their bestselling book Nelson s Trafalgar, Roy and Lesley Adkins have drawn upon a wide array of contemporary sources to chart the daily lives of both the gentry and the commoners, providing a vivid cultural snapshot of not only how people worked and played, but how they struggled to survive."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 26mm | 379.99g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0143125729
  • 9780143125723
  • 92,120

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"This is ... a lively and impressionistic guide to the age, enjoyable for those entirely new to the subject, but also for the better informed, who will not only discover new facts in its wealth of material, but appreciate the immediacy and flavour of its eye-witness accounts." Rosemary Goring, "Sunday Herald" "In reconstructing the lives of ordinary people in Georgian England, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly evoke the ways in which wealth and poverty coexisted ... This excellent book reminds us that Georgian England was as remote and alien to a modern sensibility as the Roman Empire." Nick Rennison, "Sunday Times" "A comprehensive survey of daily life in the time of Jane Austen, full of nuggets of surprising information ... a fine book for browsing." Peter Lewis, "Daily Mail" "A fascinating read, incredibly well researched ... what stands out for me is the style in which it is written: when I had finished reading it, I kept dipping back into it!" Sam Simmons, "Folklife Quarterly" "A brilliant chronicle of the period ... Start to finish, this is an authoritative and entertaining sketch of life during Jane Austen's time, to be savored again and again." George Jepson, "Quarterdeck" "[An] enjoyable history." " The New Yorker" "In the end, readers will probably do much better [in reading about Jane Austen's life] with "Jane Austen's England" by Roy and Lesley Adkins ... a fascinating look at all sorts of social history stuff." " "George Fetherling, "The Vancouver Sun" "As this immensely useful and informative book makes clear, Regency England was no laughing matter." Jonathan Yardley, "Washington Post" "The authors provide a fascinating view of daily life in Britain during the late Georgian and Regency eras ... an excellent read, with each chapter offering a treasury of insights into the lives of Austen's contemporaries, both rich and poor." Carmela Ciuraru, "USA Today " ""Jane Austen's England" paints a marvelous, comprehensive tapestry of daily life in Regency England ... a delightfully readable narrative, with many references to Austen's own life and novels that genuinely illuminate her stories. This is a wonderful companion book for anyone who fancies themselves a fan of Jane Austen or the Regency era." Dana L. Huntley, "British Heritage" "This encyclopedic and entertaining volume will suit readers who daydream about going back in time to walk alongside literary figures such as Austen ... While familiarity with her work will surely enhance reader delight, knowledge of the primary sources isn't necessary ... readers will appreciate its exciting sweep." " Publishers Weekly" "For fans of Austen and English history, a deeply informative picture of Regency life." " Kirkus Reviews" "This is fascinating reading for any classical fiction or history enthusiast. And for Janeites? It's an essential guide to getting your Austenian life accurate to the last detail." Kate Hutchings, "Huffington Post" "Here, we are at the heart of what drives Austen's characters, what preoccupies their minds and what must have preoccupied the mind of Austen and her sister Cassandra." Katie Baker, "Daily Beast" "A fascinating insight into a long gone world." Jad Adams, "Who Do You Think You Are?" 'Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray fascinating aspects of the daily lives of ordinary people in Georgian England. The book is eminently readable from cover to cover, or can be dipped into from time to time' Julian Stockwinshow more

About Roy Adkins

Roy and Lesley Adkinsare husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists and the bestselling authors ofNelson s Trafalgar, Jack Tar, and The Keys of Egypt, among other books. They live in Devon, England."show more

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