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10.27.2014

Regency Man Monday - Rudolph Ackermann

Rudolph Ackermann
April 20, 1764
–March 30, 1834
Ackermann was a bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and businessman. He was born in Germany and as a young man he moved to Paris and then to London. Once in London he set up a print shop and art school in The Strand. He then progressed to setting up a lithographic press.

In 1809 he established his Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions. This was a monthly publication that was in production until 1892. Ackermann's (as it was known in some circles) was a major influence in English cultural life.

Further reading:
Rudolph Ackermann - Wikipedia
Ackermann's Repository - Wikipedia
Rudolph Ackermann and his Repository of Art by Laura Boyle - Jane Austen Centre
Ackerman's [sic] Repository of Arts - Antique Prints

10.24.2014

Book Beginnings - Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron

This is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  They ask that you post the first line(s) to the book you are currently reading and share some feelings on the book.  I'm tweaking this a bit and I'm going to share first lines of books/stories, written by, about, or in the theme of Jane Austen.



This week I'm taking my opening from Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron. This is book 12 in the Jane Austen Mysteries.

Encounter in a Storm
Saturday, 24th December 1814 Steventon Parsonage, Hampshire 
"Jane," said my mother over the lolling head of the parson slumbering beside her, "be so good as to shift your bandbox and secure my reticule. I cannot manage the hamper with one hand, to be sure."
"No, indeed." I pressed my bandbox - already crushed from the confines of the stage, which was crowded beyond bearing - into my friend Martha's lap, and seized my mother's purse. She had netted it from silk, an effort demanding considerable invention and time; none of us should hear the end of it if Mrs. Austen's work were ruined, well before it could be universally admired.

Book Description:

Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted.

 Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Jane’s fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again?

10.20.2014

Regency Man Monday - Charles Austen

This said Capt. Simpson told us, on the authority of some other Captn just
arrived from Halifax, that Charles was bringing the Cleopatra home, & that
she was probably by this time in the Channel - but, as Capt. S. was certainly in
liquor, we must not quite depend on it.
- Jane to Cassandra, April 25, 1811
Charles Austen was born on June 23, 1779.  He entered the Royal Naval Academy at 12. Like his older brother he, the navy was his chosen career and he rose to the ranks of rear admiral. In 1807 he married Frances Fitzwilliam Palmer and they had three daughters.  After Frances's death, Charles married her sister Harriet Palmer in August of 1820.  Charles and Harriet had four children.  Frances died on October 7, 1852.

In 1801, Charles was stationed on the HMS Endymion.  When he returned Portsmouth he presented each of his sister with a topaz cross on a gold chain. It is believed that these necklaces were the inspiration for the cross given to Fanny by her brother in Mansfield Park.

Further Reading:
Charles Austen - Wikipedia
Jane Austen Sibling's - Charles John Austen - Austenprose
Charles Austen: Jane Austen’s “own particular little brother” - Jane Austen Centere
Charles Austen: Prize Chaserand Prize Taker on theNorth American Station1805-1808 by Shelia Johnson Kindred - JASNA
Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers