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Friday, June 25, 2010

Histories of England, according to Jane and Dickens (from Carolina)

You may remember Carolina from her lovely guest post My Own First Impressions; today we've got a repost from her of something fun and Jane she got for her birthday.  Enjoy!

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On 12th June was my 19th birthday and my mum gave me this pretty little book with a double-side cover (pink + blue). it included Jane Austen's The History of England from the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st (which originally was part of her Juvenilia) and Charles Dickens' A Childs History of England (which, in fact, was just an excerpt from the whole book), each had a satiric tone and for me was awesome to read it!

Jane Austen's part were critique spans from some of England's rulers (Henry IV, Charles I, Richard III, Mary Queen of Scots, and may others) I loved it because it shows Austen's wit and a great writing abbility (even though she was 16 when she wrote it). Charles Dickens' book was part of the British school curriculum, and was full of irony and Dickens' passionating words.
So, I must say I loved the whole book (including the Introduction!) and that I recommend it to every Austen or Dickens fan and to every person who wants to read a little of History. Also, it is a funny and excellent reading for all those who like History!
I am glad that my mum gave it to me because of my love for both, Austen & England... it has been one of the best gifts ever! Thank you mum!

Thanks, Carolina!


  1. What a fun way to learn about English history--I remember dates and the order of monarchs so much better when I have stories to accompany them. Thanks for the review.

  2. My neighbor has this book and i may have to borrow it now. ^^

  3. It is an amazing book! I loved it!


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