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Jane Austen's Christmas By Maria Hubert

Jane Austen's Christmas by Maria Hubert

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In this text, readers can experience Christmas in the later Georgian period, as described by Austen and many of her contemporaries. Features include personal anecdotes of Christmas occurences, traditional Christmas recipes, and the poems and songs of the festive season.

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Jane Austen's Christmas: The Festive Season in Georgian England by Maria Hubert

From the almost dismissive references in Jane Austen's novels, one could be forgiven for thinking that Christmas in Georgian England was a somewhat dismal affair. To the contrary, Miss Austen would have known elaborate house parties and fancy dress balls. The Mummers would surely have attended her home in Hampshire, as would the Waits, encouraging "good Christians" to "awake" on Christmas morning. She is also known to have enjoyed Christmas pudding, still then a fairly new dish, loved by the Georgian monarchy and copied by many families at the time. Readers will discover the little-known story of how "Emma" came to be dedicated to the Prince Regent, and how the Austen family entertainment was almost ruined one year because of the prudishness of a country cousin. The elaborate Christmas seasons enjoyed by Jane's sisters at brother Edward's home in Kent contrast with those of the Georgian parson, Rev William Holland, among whose parishioners Christmas was but a poor affair. In this text, readers can experience Christmas in the later Georgian period, as described by many of Austen's contemporaries, including Robert Southey, John Clare and Sir Walter Scott; and play the very games and charades that the Austens themselves enjoyed and wrote. Or try some of the authentic recipes from her own kitchen - perhaps the festive rice pudding, a gloriously rich dessert. And read poems and songs of the festive season, and learn of parlour theatricals in the Christmas holidays. The observations of an Englishman's Christmas as seen through the eyes of a contemporary American writer, Washington Irving, provide an eye-witness account of how an outsider viewed a Georgian Christmas. Contemporary engravings and sketches illustrate the customs and traditions of the day, alongside portraits of the Austen family.

Table of Contents

Christmas at Mansfield Park, Jane Austen; Cousin Eliza's Christmas gaieties, letter from Eliza, Comtesse de Feuillide; a pianoforte for Christmas, letter from Mrs Austen; unfashionably prudish - a mystery for Christmas; a St Nicholas verse, Jane Austen; Britannia's housewives blithe, Romaine Joseph Thorne; charades for Christmas; Lady Susan spoils Christmas, Jane Austen; a poem for Christmas Day 1795, Robert Southey; dances and charities, letter from Jane Austen; muslin for a new gown; thankfulness and sauce, Revd William Holland; the festive board; the turkey stage, Peter Parley; the invalid's Christmas, Revd William Holland; Georgian Christmas puddings; a parlour theatrical, Jane Austen; the cold in this country is intense, Robert Southey; bullet pudding and messy games, letters from Fanny Austen; the parson at work and play, Revd William Holland; gaieties and masques at Godmersham Park, 1806, letter from Fanny Austen; the religion of plumcake, Robert Southey; a Christmas baby, letter from Charles Austen; skating at Ratzeburg, S.T. Coleridge; mistletoe - a charade in three acts; strong beer and a parcel from London, Revd William Holland; old winter, Robert Southey; Christmas at Godmersham Park, 1808-1809, letters from Fanny Austen; from "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon", Washington Irving; coach miseries; Winter balls and festive soups; more balls and fashions, letters from Jane Austen; the mistletoe bough, Thomas Bayly; Christmas gambling, Robert Southey; Christmas at Godmersham Park, 1811-1812, letter from Fanny Austen; Emma's Christmas presents; Christmas at Tredegar House; twelfth night festivities; Emma's Christmas; Parson Holland's last Christmas, Revd William Holland; Christmas at Upper Cross, Jane Austen; the Musgroves' Christmas, Jane Austen; in olden times, Sir Walter Scott; a literary Christmas dinner, Benjamin Robert Haydon; Oh noisesome bells!, Revd Robert Skinner; new year wishes from a good aunt, letter from Jane Austen; December, John Clare; Christmas goes out in fine style, James Henry Leigh Hunt; Christmas with Mr Darcy, Jane Austen.

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Jane Austen's Christmas: The Festive Season in Georgian England by Maria Hubert
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