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Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago by Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins
  

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

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A gathering together of facts about the England Jane Austen and her family would have known. Roy and Lesley Adkins have immersed themselves in the history of the period, using too the diaries and letters of people writing at the time. As well as the well-known Parson Woodforde there is the more obscure, and opinionated, Parson William Holland, who deserves to be better known. A lovely compilation history, if you love minute facts and lots of detail this will be an instant purchase.

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Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago by Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins

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


About the Author

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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Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins

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Author's Website

www.adkinshistory.com

Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

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Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780349138602

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