Why the classics?
A blog for lovers of historical and Regency romance, written by a group of authors, namely Louise Allen, Jo Beverley, Lynne Connolly, Nicola Cornick, Christina Courtenay, Amanda Grange, Elizabeth Hawksley, Anne Herries, Jane Jackson, Jan Jones, Melinda Hammond, Joanna Maitland, Fenella Jane Miller and Jane Odiwe. Find out what's happening in the UK world of historical romance. Find out about hardbacks, paperbacks, large print, audio books and ebooks. Enjoy!
The Regency world was just as much in love with the exotic as we are today. For example, in 1810, The Morning Chronicle proclaimed that, 'dress is daily flying from Greek simplicity to Eastern magnificence.' There was a craze for all things Egyptian; the Prince Regent went wild for Chinoiserie in the Brighton Pavilion. 1820s dress took on a Gothic look. So I make no apology for introducing something exotic this month.
|Journey's End by Maurice Bishop|
I think people fall into two camps where Christmas is concerned. Some people love it and some people think Bah, humbug! I'm one of those people who love it. The shops look so cheerful with all their bright displays, and in England they are already starting to fill with the sights and smells of Christmas. I enjoy reading Christmas books, too. I adore all the classic novels such as A Christmas Carol, and I also like to read about traditions in Regency England. I have a wonderful book called Jane Austen's Christmas, which I browse through every year as I remind myself of the customs Jane Austen enjoyed.
Like many other people, I love making slide shows. This one features some of our recent books, but the Animoto slide show tool is very easy to use and could be used for family photos or other similar things. I think it would be a good way of displaying completed craft projects or artwork. Does anyone else use it? If so, what for?
I am delighted to tell you all that the first of a four books series of Jane Austen variations – The Pemberley Series – The Ghosts at Pemberley is now available as a pre-order on Amazon Kindle. I know that traditional publishers stopped taking Jane Austen related books some years ago but there are still a large number of readers, especially in America, who still love to read anything Jane Austen linked.
I can feel diffident posting about exhibitions that some of you might not be able to visit like Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, which has just opened at the British Library. Fortunately, the British Library, in partnership with BBC 2 and BBC 4, will be celebrating all things Gothic this autumn with a series of exciting programmes exploring the literature, art, architecture and music – not to mention the famous people associated with the Gothic over the last 250 years. So, dear reader, you won’t be losing out.
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