Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Video: Visiting Jane Austen's Home

Friday, February 28, 2014

Isabella reporting,

Featuring historian Amanda Vickery, this thoughtful (and beautiful) tour of Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's home, is an excerpt from Professor Vickery's mini-series, At Home with the Georgians. Based on her wonderful book Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England, it's an equally wonderful series, incorporating visits to 18th c. houses large and small, readings from letters and diaries, and costumed actors and actresses. I don't believe the series has ever been shown on American TV (perhaps not unless the networks develop CSI: Bath first), but it is available in its entirety on DVD from Amazon. If you enjoyed Professor Vickery's behind-the-scenes recreation of the Netherfield Ball, you'll love this series, too. Highly recommended for all you Georgian & Regency fans out there!


Sally Osborn said...

I can't get the video to work, but if it's the house in the picture that's Chawton House, Edward Knight's home, not the cottage in Chawton where Jane lived.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Sally, I'm sorry the video didn't work for you. Here's a direct link to it on YouTube:

Yes, Chawton House is also shown in this clip, but in comparison to the much more modest Chawton Cottage - stressing the difference in station between the the women of the Austen family and Edward Knight. :)

Drayton Bird said...

What a fatuous opening: Home was a collaborative project.

Then some irritating guitar music. And then, God help us, "Live the dream"

The only poor thing I've ever come across on this wonderful blog

Caroline Clemmons said...

I love your blogs and subscribe to them by email. Fridays are my favorite because of videos like this one. I also want to thank you for the blog about elastic. It was available much earlier than I'd thought.

Anonymous said...

Well call me fatuous, because I liked this a lot. I knew that Jane Austen and her mother and sister lived in humble circumstances compared to Mr. Knight, but it's shocking to see exactly how different their stations were. In the same family! Thank you for posting this and all the other wonderful videos each week. You Girls Rock!

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