Category Archives: Historical Contexts

Vocational Options for Men

By Matt Krantz (appearing in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice as George Wickham) A host of 19th century occupations have passed into oblivion, owing to changes in taste, scientific advances, social customs and the like. Naturally, the rich were not inclined to work … Continue reading

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Probable Illnesses and Popular Treatment Options in the 19th Century

By Becky Maskell (appearing in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice as Anne de Bourgh) “In The Healthy Body and Victorian Culture, Bruce Haley asserts that the Victorians were concerned with health over almost all, if not all, other issues.” -Laurelyn Douglas Early Victorian ideas of … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Economic Opportunities During the Regency Era

By Amanda Nelson (appearing as Charlotte Lucas in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) “Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor, which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.” ~ Jane Austen, letter of March 13, 1816 In Jane … Continue reading

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The Education of Jane and Cassandra Austen

By Pearl Corry (appearing in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice as Mary Bennet) According to Linda Robinson Walker of the Jane Austen Society of North America, “the Austen daughters’ schooling has been the indigestible lump in the cheerful family story.” The odd … Continue reading

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