Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Perhaps you have noticed the trend; my last few blog posts on documentaries have all been presented the same person: If Walls Could Talk: The Living Room, and The Kitchen, as well as The Age of the Regency. In all these documentaries, history comes alive through the presenter interacting with historical objects, buildings and landscapes. So,…

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The Age of the Regency

Just recently, I watched all three episodes of Lucy Worsley’s documentary Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency. I was keen to find out more about the world that Jane Austen was living and writing in, and I wasn’t disappointed! This documentary ‘shows’ rather than ‘tells’ you about the past. It covers architecture, art, literature,…

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Why a Window Tax?

A few weeks ago I posted on the documentary series If Walls Could Talk presented by Lucy Worsley. In the first episode Lucy talked about an English window tax. But why was this tax ever applied? Since asking myself this question, I have been reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and unexpectedly came across this tongue in…

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