Celebrating the launch of Courtship and Marriage In Jane Austen’s World — 23 Comments

  1. Maria, it sounds like an interesting book, especially because marriage was only one of a very few options open to Regency women and was considered by most, the best option. Thank you for your give away and for the information you share with us on a regular basis.

  2. Your comments on the issue of compromise were very interesting. In a recent P+P variation I read, a young lady tried to compromise Darcy by maneuvering the hem of her gown during a dance in such a way that he would step on it so that the gown would tear. Luckily, he caught onto what she was doing and avoided the compromise.

    It seems to me that something like this could easily have been accidental, happening as it would have during a dance with so many witnesses to attest to that. Obviously, deliberately tearing a woman’s gown would have been beyond the pale, but accidentally stepping on a hem (despite being an original plot point) seems relatively minor, and something that may have been a common occurrence with less skilled dancers stepping on their partners’ toes. I wonder if if young ladies really tried this maneuver very often.

    I’m looking forward to reading this book, as it will no doubt explain a great deal.

  3. How interesting I never gave a thought to the no marriage articles consequence of eloping…it gives Wickham’s preying on Georgianna an even darker future!
    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  4. Thank you so much for answering my question. The book sounds so informative, and I know that your research is impeccable. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Very interesting. So many of us love this period. When comparing to modern times, bathrooms and medicine are often brought up. Marriage can be another to add to the list. Congratulations! Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. I already knew some of this stuff, but it’s good to see all this info gathered together in one place. Very interesting!

  7. Congrats on the launch of such an interesting book
    It seems my response to most answers is “wow”

    It seems such a rule laden time.

    Can’t wait to read more!

  8. Congratulations on the launch of Courtship and Marriage in Jane Austen’s World!! This book seems to be not only an intriguing read but a helpful reference book as well. Well done, Maria!! 😀

    Susanne 🙂

  9. Congratulations! I so enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be an awesome reference book for readers and authors alike!

  10. Maria, thank you for such an interesting book and the many details one was not sure about. It is not only for my own bookshelf but also a very welcome Christmas gift for my best friend.

  11. Thank you for all the Q&A – I love reading about the regency period but the more I learn, the more I am happy to live in the here and now! Congrats on the new book.

  12. I am very much looking forward to reading this. I will get a copy as soon as possible. I do hope that in writing the book, you use references to all of Austen’s fiction, not just Pride and Prejudice. For instance, in post 2, you speak of how short engagements were and how many brides might be married pregnant. I thought of Sir Thomas Bertram and what he might felt about Maria Ward when he met her. I also thought about John and Isabel Knightly and wondered when their first child was born. If Marianne and Willoughby had became engaged, if Willoughby had let that happen, I doubt that Marianne would have remained a virgin.

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