Category Archives: real life tales

Literature of the Age of Chaucer: Part I

Many experts consider the Age of Chaucer quite barren in regard to “great” literary production. With the exception of Chaucer, no one of note rises to the top. Most scholars blame the War of the Roses and the decline of … Continue reading

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Celebrating the October Birthdays of Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

Happy October Birthday to some of our favorite actors, who took on roles in an Austen-inspired film.            October 1 – Rupert Friend, who portrayed Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice 2005 October 4 – Alicia … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for October: The Screaming Skull of Bettiscombe Manor

Bettiscombe is a small village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, situated in the Marshwood Vale 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Beaminster. Dorset County Council’s 2012 mid-year estimate of the population of the civil parish is 70. This … Continue reading

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From Where Does That Phrase Come?

Catch Word is a word under the right-hand side of the last line on a book page that repeats the first word on the following page – circa 1736. It was commonly used in printing. The phrase has come into … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s “Literary” Brothers

Many of those around her influenced Jane Austen, but Henry’s and James’s influences were profound. Most of Austen’s biographers believe that Henry was Austen’s favorite brother and James her least favorite. James Austen was the eldest of the Austen clan, … Continue reading

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The Allure of ByGone Days…(or Not)

(In cleaning out some of my school files, I came across these common phrases and their sources. Enjoy!!!) Here are some bygone tales about the 1500s: People married in June. Most had taken their yearly bath in May, so the bride … Continue reading

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Celebrating Some of Our Favorite Austen Actors Who Have Birthdays in September!!!

Happy September Birthday to these Fabulous Austen-Inspired Actors…       September 7 – Christopher Villers, who portrayed Tom Bertram in 1 983 Mansfield Park September 7 – Henry Maguire, who portrayed Jack Wickam in 2003’s Pride and Prejudice: A … Continue reading

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