Author Archives: Eliza Shearer

Dogs in Jane Austen’s Novels

Dogs in Jane Austen’s Novels

Although (just like servants) they are often little remarked upon, dogs are everywhere in Jane Austen’s novels. In the Regency, dogs were an essential feature of countryside living: we might as well imagine their incessant barking in the background when we read Austen’s stories, particularly during hunting season or when the men head outside. Most… Read the full blog post …

Charlotte of Wales, a Regency Princess – and Jane Austen Fan

Charlotte of Wales, a Regency Princess – and Jane Austen Fan

I am lucky enough to live a short drive from Holyrood Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The palace includes the Queen’s Gallery, which features an ever-changing array of exhibitions from the Royal Collection that never fail to inspire me (an exhibition of Maria Merian’s drawings inspired a key scenes… Read the full blog post …

Autumn in Jane Austen’s Novels

Autumn in Jane Austen’s Novels

The fresh autumn breeze is here, and with it, the beautiful russet colours of the season. Autumn always reminds me of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and poor Anne Elliot.  An Autumnal Novel Anne Elliot, at 27, is Austen’s oldest heroine. Not unlike Charlotte Lucas in Price and Prejudice, Anne is considered well past her best, practically a spinster.… Read the full blog post …