200 years of Jane Austen

2017 is another amazing year, not only because it has been 200 years since the world lost a wonderful authoress, but also because of this year’s busy schedule of regency events around the globe. 

This spring will be very busy for me as well; starting university college, manage my travels to participate in Jane Austen events around Europe, and also find time for family, friends and maybe even find romance. 

The early spring will see myself in company with friends and my regency sister, in Edinburgh in Scotland. Another city I’m eager to investigate, especially in the best company. Not only to have fun at a regency ball which also will see Stuart Marsden attending from the rumours I have heard, but also to celebrate a certain sister’s birthday while in Edinburgh πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸΎπŸΈ

Edinburgh can boast of being the home to several movie locations as I was informed of; Harry Potter, Outlander and others – but the city also holds an amazing rich history; from war ridden Celtic area to the Scottish home of the Queen and Prince/duke Phillip of Edinburgh. I do wonder if I am the only one who was surprised at knowing that Prince Phillip had Danish roots? But then again all the Royals can more or less be traced back to one Danish King, the man known as ‘All of Europe’s father-in-law’ King Christian IX of Denmark πŸ‡©πŸ‡° Hahah yeah guilty as charged I’m a history nerd πŸ€“ 

The 200th anniversary of Austen’s death is this year and I already know of more than twenty different balls, not only in Europe but also in America and Australia. There is the Alton week in early June, a summer picnic (though Victorian more than regency) in Brighton in July, Malta in the coming month (February), then the American Austen festival in Kentucky if my memory doesn’t fail me, the famous Jane Austen festival in Bath (UK), the Austen festival in Canberra in April, a ball in Berlin in May (the same one I attended last November if my dear readers remember 😊) and again in November and several smaller events in Holland, Belgium πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ, France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, Germany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦, Switzerland πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­, Belarus πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ύ and many other places, – for more accurate dates check: Regency Dances

So it has been 200 years since Jane died, but readers have enjoyed her beloved characters for more than 205 years; Darcy, Bingley, Elizabeth, Jane, Edward, Elinor, Marianne, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Anne, Edmund, Fanny, Catherine, Henry, Emma and Mr. Knightly. 

(I know some of the pictures are not Austen characters but it was the best I could do 😁) 

Many generations have read her famous words. “It’s a truth universally acknowledged truth that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” And many other beautifully crafted lines which are memorable, including; the heartfelt letter from Captain Wentworth to Anne. “A word, a look will be enough…” 

And so many people around the globe 🌎 celebrates her works annually in every corner of the world – and hopefully will continue to love her works for many generations to come. 

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2 thoughts on “200 years of Jane Austen

  1. I’m looking forward to the year and the events too, Sophia! I hope very much we will meet up at some of them! ❀

    I didn't know there was a small event in Switzerland! How funny!

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