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  • Brilliant Journey through the Times of Jane Austen

    ee Georgian England through the eyes of Jane Austen and those who lived in that era in this absolutely fascinating, riveting, humorous and fun book without having to deal with the inconveniences of living it! I have read all the books on this subject I can get my hands on and was thrilled with this one and was happy to increase my knowledge. Class structure and gender, of course, are amongst the most identifiable "features" of England at that time. Marrying well (not too high above or below your station) was crucial and so was keeping appearances, at all cost. But there is so, so much more. Glimpses such as this into real lives is exciting and revealing. Learn details about modes of transportation, the sights which greet you from the outskirts of communities, a story of a lioness attack (!), frozen chamberpots and night soil removal procedures, different types of candles to burn, how NOT to light a fire in the fireplace, heavily taxed items to pay off war debt, "bosom-friend" definition, clothing and fashion, education, occupations, childbirth and so on. I like that the costs of many things are mentioned including home upkeep and salaries. You will read about etiquette, "coming out", marriage and how to fashion a toothbrush! One of my favourite topics is about dentistry and medicine. A lot of the information was found in books written at the time, including those of Jane Austen, as well as other documentation. The author writes in an engaging friendly tone, very enjoyable. Jane Austen fans and those who treasure information on the era will have hundreds of reasons to be smitten with this. The author is entertaining as well as informative, certainly not dry or a slog. My sincere thank you to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this charming and delightful book. It really made me smile with joy!

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