Author Archives: Eliza Shearer

The Story of the Botanics’ Sabal Palm Tree, a Living Vestige of the Regency, by Eliza Shearer

The Story of the Botanics’ Sabal Palm Tree, a Living Vestige of the Regency, by Eliza Shearer

I am a proud Edinburgh resident. As such, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to reminders of the Regency, from windows and house doors to family portraits in museums and art galleries. However, only a few days ago, one of such reminders disappeared forever. It was a living being, one already in existence when Jane… Read the full blog post …

The Mechanical Turk, or the Chess-Playing Machine that Beat Napoleon, by Eliza Shearer

The Mechanical Turk, or the Chess-Playing Machine that Beat Napoleon, by Eliza Shearer

It was the year 1809. The Napoleonic Wars were in full swing, but the French general had other interests besides fighting the British over Spain and Portugal.  Around the time Jane Austen and her mother and sister moved to Chawton and took possession of their new home, courtesy of Jane’s brother Edward, Napoleon arrived in… Read the full blog post …