I'm constantly impressed by your knowledge of the Jane Austen era as well as the thorough understanding you have of her writing. Just wondering (because I can't seem to find an about page on your tumblr) did you study it in uni? And do you have any book recommendations for understanding the Georgian/Regency era?
Well thank you! I studied a bit of history in some of my university classes, but those were electives and not at all related to Britain or Jane Austen, or my overall degree, which was in fine arts. When it comes to the Georgian and Regency periods, I’ve just read my face off in my spare time. My favourite historians include Amanda Vickery, Judith Flanders, Ruth Goodman, and Hallie Rubenhold.
As to books, some that I own and refer to for Austen-y/British history purposes are: Women in England: A Social History (1760-1914) by Susie Steinbach; Necropolis: London and Its Dead by Catharine Arnold; London The Wicked City: A Thousand Years of Vice in the Capital by Fergus Linnane; The Victorians by A.N. Wilson, Jerry White’s London in the 18th Century and London in the 19th Century; High Society in the Regency Period: 1788 - 1830 by Venetia Murray; The English Marriage by Maureen Waller; The Gentleman’s Daughter by Amanda Vickery; Black England: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina; Jane Austen’s World by Maggie Lane; The Covent Garden Ladies by Hallie Rubenhold; The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne; The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen by Adams, Buchanan, and Gesch; Jane Austen’s England by Roy & Lesley Adkins; What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool; and Claire Tomalin’s excellent Jane Austen: A Life.
I have a few slimmer volumes that include essays and critical works on Austen, but refer to them less often when doing my own critiques and sweary hot takes.
There’s also some great historical bloggers out there doing solid articles on the period!