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Jane Austen's England

 
 
Author
Roy & Lesley Adkins.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780670785841
Pages/Publication Date 422/2013
Daedalus Item Code 39170
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This cultural snapshot of everyday life in the world of Jane Austen, from the authors of Nelson's Trafalgar and The War for All the Oceans, explores the customs and culture of Austen's England—the world also known by Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Quoting such sources as previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people in matters as diverse as birth, marriage, religion, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions. From chores like fetching water to healing with medicinal leeches, from the hardships faced by young boys and girls in the mines to buying smuggled gin, from selling wives in the marketplace to the familiar sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, their surprisingly gripping account is sometimes humorous, often shocking, but always entertaining.

"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."—Sunday Times (London)

"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."—Folklife Quarterly

 
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