Today we enjoy more of Hugh Thomson's lovely illustrations, and find out more about dancing, and about the militia, in Austen's England. How could partners chat while doing complex dances? And why were some of the militia "wolves in sheep's clothing"?
Category: Music and Art
Covering Screens: A Young Lady’s Accomplishment
"Covering screens" was one of the accomplishments of young ladies in Jane Austen's England. What did that mean?
The Joy of Hugh Thomson’s Peacock Pride and Prejudice
Hugh Thomson's illustrated Peacock edition of Pride and Prejudice is a delight for the eyes and the heart.
The Clerical Alphabet: Problems in Austen’s Church of England
A popular cartoon of Austen's time exposes some of the problems of the church and clergy in Austen's England.
The Joy of Stitching Jane Austen Projects
I'm finding joy in cross-stitching Jane Austen projects right now. These are my favorites; what are yours?
The Jane Austen Sampler: The Mystery Unraveled
Finally, what appears to be a definitive answer on who stitched the "Jane Austen sampler."
Handel’s Messiah in Jane Austen’s England
Handel's Messiah was very popular in Jane Austen's England. She may have seen it herself in Bath. What objection, though, did some Evangelicals have to it?
Who Stitched the “Jane Austen Sampler”?
This fascinating sampler has a complex and controversial history!
Reflections on the “Jane Austen Sampler”: Praising God (Part 2)
What verses did Austen choose for her cross-stitch sampler, and what might they mean to us?
“The Jane Austen Sampler”: Praising God (Part 1)
Girls learned the alphabet and the Bible by stitching. This is claimed to be Jane Austen's childhood sampler.