Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen s England A cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane AustenJane Austen arguably the greatest novelist of the English language wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries

  • Title: Jane Austen's England
  • Author: Roy A. Adkins Lesley Adkins
  • ISBN: 9780670785841
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane AustenJane Austen, arguably the greatest novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago in her accounts of young women looking for love Jane Austen s England explores the customs and culture of the real England of her everyday existence depicted in her clasA cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane AustenJane Austen, arguably the greatest novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago in her accounts of young women looking for love Jane Austen s England explores the customs and culture of the real England of her everyday existence depicted in her classic novels as well as those by Byron, Keats, and Shelley Drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources, including many previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people, discussing topics as diverse as birth, marriage, religion, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.From chores like fetching water to healing with medicinal leeches, from selling wives in the marketplace to buying smuggled gin, from the hardships faced by young boys and girls in the mines to the familiar sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, Jane Austen s England offers an authoritative and gripping account that is sometimes humorous, often shocking, but always entertaining.

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    1. This book does a wonderful job of bringing you a detailed and fascinating look at the world that Jane Austen inhabited. Granted many of the subjects covered won't appear in a Jane Austen book the same way the Fukushima earthquake wouldn't appear in a Twilight book. Authors of JAFF should read this book. Especially the ones who love to have Darcy and Lizzy bathing multiple times per day in deep copper tubs of hot water.

    2. Η Jane Austen μέσα από τα βιβλία της μας δίνει πολλές πληροφορίες για την ζωή στην Αγγλία της εποχής της. Η αλήθεια όμως είναι ότι δεν δίνει και τόσες πολλές ώστε να έχουμε μία ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα. Αυτό το πρόβλημα έρχεται να το λύσει αυτό εδώ το βιβλίο, δείχνοντας μάλιστα και ιδι [...]

    3. The husband and wife historians, Roy and Lesley Adkins, have done it again. They've written a lively, immensely informative survey giving us a look at life in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going beyond the rather narrow world that Austen writes about, the authors give us a glimpse of the daily lives of the middle and lower classes, who comprised three-quarters of the British population -- a population that included the great novelist herself. If you want to become more f [...]

    4. What started out as a fascinating book describing cultural and historic details of the time period in which Jane Austen lived and wrote quickly got bogged down in excessive long quotations three-quarters of the way through. There was a lot that didn't get covered. Ironically, the author mentions that despite the wars and importance of the military during this time, she almost completely glosses over it herself. The Chapter entitled "On the Move" that discussed the types of travel available was o [...]

    5. Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksJane Austen’s England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods is a great resource for fans of Austen who want to know more about daily life in her time. This book is not concerned with the global or political situation in England during Austen’s lifetime except inasmuch as politics affected daily life. Instead, the book starts with how people married and proceeds through childhood, work and leisure, religion, crime, medicine, and death to pai [...]

    6. This book was absolutely beyond fascinating. It takes a look into the England of Jane Austin's day, describing common practices, common problems, behavior, settingseverything and the kitchen sink. It's intelligent, often funny, always insightful. Reading this completely enriched my understanding of Austen-era novels but also provided insight into society of the time. Very well researched, very detailed, very, very worth reading. My only complaint is that my copy came through a giveway and doesn' [...]

    7. Jane Austen’s England by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins (Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England in the U.K.) is not the kind of book that will appeal to everybody, but for Janeites and English history buffs there is much to recommend it. For the reader whose idea of the elegant world of Jane Austen has been drawn by film adaptations of her novels, the reality described by the Adkins might be dismaying. We see on screen the candlelit balls attended by women in beautiful gowns and men in powdere [...]

    8. 'Jane Austen's England' is some of the most readable nonfiction that I have encountered. Lacking that textbook feel so common in nonfiction, this book draws the reader in, educating and entertaining at the same time. Jane Austen's novels tend to focus on the upper class in England near the turn of the 19th century, but this book broadens the reader's knowledge of the common person's experience living in Jane Austen's time.Chapters are broken up into particular areas of life, such as childhood, w [...]

    9. A bit anticlimactic, since I've read a number of Austen non-fiction recently. I feel like they skimped on providing examples from Austen's books when bringing up historical facts. The organization was strange. The chapters were organized into topics that moved chronologically from marriage to death, which was fine, but within the chapters the narrative veered all over the place. The authors should have grouped information within subsections.

    10. I picked this one up for research purposes that focused on daily Georgian Era life. And for what I wanted, it was very helpful. That it included bits about Jane Austen's life? Bonus.The book's chapters are sorted by topic and takes the natural beginning of birth and follows that through to the last chapter on death. I appreciated the approach the authors' took in that it wasn't dry and pedantic. Even though this is non-fiction, there were protagonists of a sort. The authors chose a handful of pe [...]

    11. Highly recommended, especially for lovers of Jane Austen, but also for readers of Regency romances and historical novels of the period. This book covers a lot of things that don't make it into the novels, like the appalling state of medicine and law at the time. Using quotes from diaries of the period, the authors illuminate the life of the time.Chapters are: Wedding bells -- Breeding -- Toddler to teenager -- Home and hearth -- Fashions and filth -- Sermons and superstitions -- Wealth and work [...]

    12. I enjoyed reading this, although it wasn't as radical as I thought it would be. Anyone who's read David Nokes' autobiography is well aware of how much of a struggle it was for Jane Austen's family to keep up appearances when they were constantly worried about money.It has some really good information, though. The section about the chimney sweeps was really good as were many of the sections. I think probably it's a very good starting point for those who are coming new to the Regency Period. I wou [...]

    13. A look at the social history around the time of Jane Austen. The book uses Austen's life and letters, but also diaries and letters of a group of other, non-famous people to illuminate different aspects of the period.

    14. 3.5 stars. Informative and engagingly written. I'm sure it will be a great resource for me when I write my Regency/Georgian novels.

    15. Jane Austen's England covers life in the Georgian era from birth to death. The authors use letters, diaries and other period sources to describe how the common people REALLY lived. Far from the genteel world of the drawing rooms of Jane Austen's novels, The England portrayed in this novel is dark, dirty, diseased and at times crude. The authors nicely balance "period drama" world that we love to romanticize with the world of the common people. They cover the lives of the gentry and the aristocra [...]

    16. I received an ARC through a giveaway.I was particularly intrigued by this book as an avid Austen fan who is interested in learning more about the time period of Austen's novels. While the novels give great insight into the lives of a particular class, there's so much more to learn--and that's precisely where the Adkins's book comes in. Compellingly written with an impressive amount of detail, "Jane Austen's England" provides its readers with a look at the nitty gritty of life in Regency England [...]

    17. A tour through the England that existed during the time of novelist Jane Austen's life. And it touches on such diverse subjects as hygiene, transportation, religion, work, travel, etc. The authors (husband and wife) give equal attention to the rich and the poor and how each class lived during this period when the class system was very well defined and very restrictive. It also is rather depressing, since the hardships of the poor, especially the children of the poor, were almost beyond imagining [...]

    18. This book would be a wonderful addition to the library of any fan of not just Jane Austen but of any 18th or 19th century novelist. While reading this book I actually developed a deeper insight into the novels of Victorian writers than those of Jane Austen, most likely because she did not include the lower classes in her books. A wife and child being sold, the unhappiness created by marriage out of one's class, extreme poverty, and child labor were more within the realm of Hardy, Gaskell or Dick [...]

    19. Having just finished a handful of Jane Austen-esque history books that I found disappointingly flippant and shallow, this book was a breath of fresh air. Concentrating primarily on the late Georgian period, prior to the Regency, the book offers a delightfully thorough and intriguing glimpse into the everyday life of people from all classes. I've been reading a lot about the period lately, and this is definitely one of the best books I've encountered. It doesn't focus so much on Austen, as use as [...]

    20. I've enjoyed books by Jane Austen and if you're looking for a book that explains the actions of the characters in those books, there are others that do a better job. But it is a good general guide to life in England in the late 1700s and early 1800s. It contains some quotes from Austen's books and letters but many other peoples' diaries and letters are referenced, too. The chapters deal with topics such as weddings, fashions or medicine and describe the life of the well-to-do and poor alike. If [...]

    21. Not as readable as the other books I've read about the late-Georgian and Regency eras. The authors used several contemporary diaries and memoirs as source material, and a few issues, not being mentioned in those sources, are skimmed over with little explanation. However, this does offer more information about the lives of the poor and working poor than the other references I've read.

    22. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this book. The authors quote the diaries and letters of people who lived in this time period to describe the customs in fascinating detail. The lives of the poor verses the lives of the rich, from birth to death, and everyday living, are presented in an easy read.

    23. A very good book for learning about life in late 17- & early 1800's England. It was entertainingly written and moved along nicely. My only complaint is that I wish they would add section headings, since the chapters are so long and cover so much material. But, overall, a very informative and entertaining read.

    24. A good look at the culture in England during the life of Jane Austen. It covers everything from birth to death and in between. Makes use of the diaries of several people from the time. Brings in Jane Austen wherever she has something that fits the topic.

    25. a little slower going than other books like this I have read but that could be because of my personal distractions! Very detailed overview of daily life in Georgian England. I am working on finishing.

    26. An accessible exploration of various aspects of Victorian life: dress, social expectations, crime and punishment, birth, death, religion. It reminded me of Bill Bryson's "At Home," not so much in tone/humor, but in the accessible way the (considerable) information was conveyed.

    27. For my third contribution to Austen in August, I decided to delve into the non-fiction pile. This was one of my Christmas Books, I first saw it recommended by Lory from the Emerald City Book Review; I always value her opinion and indeed this case is no exception. Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England is a real pleasure for the history enthusiast packed with fascinating nuggets of information about the way our ancestors lived two hundred years ago. Highly readable and with a far-reaching view on [...]

    28. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in the Regency and Georgian eras. The excerpts of diaries and letters the authors choose to include are always lively and interesting, and the depth of research is profound - almost every conceivable aspect of life in this time and place is covered. My one complaint is that there's little available in this book on how people of colour and LGBT+ people lived in this time. But perhaps the book is served better by focusing more on the practical aspects o [...]

    29. The book started out as a detailed and fascinating look at the world in which Jane Austen lived. However, as the book went on there were many long quotations and extracts that did not necessarily make for easy reading.The book does not concentrate on the global or political situation at the time except as in so far as this affected the day to day life of those living at the time. The book does challenge the candlelit ball room perception of the time we perhaps draw from Jane Austen’s novels an [...]

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