JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND

Last week, I purchased the electronic edition of JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND: DAILY LIFE IN THE GEORGIAN AND REGENCY PERIODS by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins. I already owned the hardcover, but it sat on my shelf for over a year and I never pulled it down. This was not due to a lack of interest in the material, but rather a reflection of my changing book-reading habits. I primarily read on my e-reader now. I don’t mind the duplicate purchase. More and more, I’m finding I love to own both versions of my favorite books, whether they be research or fiction.

 This particular volume intrigued me, not because I needed another daily-life-in-the-Regency type book–I already own and have read many of these, for obvious reasons–but in the first chapter of JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND, the authors included a discussion on “smock weddings.” This was something I’d never read anywhere else, and I find myself intrigued and hoping for many such tid-bits.

 According to the authors: “‘Smock weddings’ were a peculiar type of ceremony at which the bride was married naked – although usually she was barefoot and en chemise, wearing only a shift (‘ chemise’), smock or sheet for propriety. The point was that if she brought no clothes or property to the union, the husband-to-be was thought not liable for any debts she might have. Such weddings, randomly reported, occurred mainly in the eighteenth century, particularly for widowed women whose deceased husbands had left debts.” (1)

 Fascinating.

 The authors go on to describe several examples of these ‘smock weddings,’ and I’m hooked on this book.

To learn more about the authors and their books, please click on the following link to visit their website: Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins

What about you? Do you prefer digital books? Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Or a mixture of both? Or, like me, do you find yourself purchasing both digital and paperback versions of the same book?

 Whichever you choose, I wish you many hours of happy reading!

Janmarie


 

  1. Adkins, Roy; Adkins, Lesley (2013-08-15). Jane Austen’s England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods (pp. 7-8). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.

Selfies and Historical Romance ~ an Update

Yesterday, November 1st, the Historical Romance Network hosted a multi-platform event to celebrate Historical Romance and bring awareness to the wide variety of time periods and settings encompassed by the genre. Across the internet, readers and authors posted selfies holding their favorite stories. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures as they flew across my Twitter stream and Facebook Timeline.

Of course, many people, including myself, had trouble limiting our choices to just one book, so multiple shots were shared and creativity flowed. It was a fast moving day and such great fun that I find myself hoping this becomes an annual event.

To see some of these fabulous photos, visit the Historical Romance Network Facebook Page, or search for the Twitter hashtag #fallbackintime.

Here are a few I posted:

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What about you? What’s your favorite genre? Ever try an Historical Romance?