A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England by Sue Wilkes

By Sue Wilkes

Immerse your self within the vanished international inhabited by means of Austen's contemporaries. filled with aspect, and anecdotes, this is often an intimate exploration of the way the center and top sessions lived from 1775, the yr of Austen's start, to the coronation of George IV

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Dominic Mancini observed a not altogether different situation in 1483: the former intimates of the late king, Edward IV , meeting in one another's houses, the entourage of the boy-king, Edward V, gradually barred from his presence, and Richard, duke of Gloucester entertaining in his own house a growing number of well-wishers and attendants. 80 Such circumstances as these influenced the way in which the court acted as a forum in which government was supervised and royal relationships with, and management of, the nobility were maintained.

Remnant of the duchy of Normandy lost in 1204, within sight of Normandy, and with a close affinity with its coast, they were ruled by the king as duke of Normandy. The islanders' ambivalent psychology is reflected in two expressions of sentiment in the mid-sixteenth century: the Jersey men declared that they would 'rather die English than live French,' while Guernsey's cannier inhabitants stated that they 'wish to be friends of all rather than subjects of any'! But all could claim with justice (as they did in the fourteenth century) that 'the Isles were anciently a part of the Duchy of Normandy and the Islanders still hold of the king as their duke, and ...

The colonial settlement around Dublin and a few other towns and ports contracted, and the loyalty of the Anglicized lordships was eroded. Beyond lay the Gaelic countryside, largely unconquered still, with a population that did not acknowledge the English king as their lord and who in turn were scarcely regarded by him as his subjects. ' To one chronicler writing in 1341, it seemed that 'the land of Ireland was on the point of separation from the lands of the king of England. '34 This posed a threat to the English regime in Ireland and to the coasts of England and Wales; it also altered the attitude of the government to Irishmen in Ireland and to those Irishmen who migrated to England.

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