Jane Austen was a Ricardian

Last week I blogged about the amazing find that Jane Austen based Pride and Prejudice on the daughter of William Marshall, the greatest knight. https://doublehistory.com/2015/01/25/jane-austen-william-marshall-and-pride-and-prejudice/

Imagine my surprise when I found the following blog post from whatsitallaboutahakespeare *(for link, see below)

Amanda Holden, not Jefferty, doing the big mouth thingy.

My mouth did the ‘jaw drop surprise’ thingy that judges on ‘Britain’s got Talent But it is Not on This Show’ and ‘American Idle Idol’ feign when they hear something that is not abysmal!

I quote from the blog:

”There have been several supporters of Richard III throughout history; men and women who know the last Plantagenet king was ‘done wrong’ by his Tudor successors. One of these people was Jane Austen, who, at the age of just sixteen, wrote The History of England From the Reign of Henry IV to The Death of Charles I – nobody likes a show-off, Jane! In the book she has this to say about Richard, “The Character of this Prince has been in general very severely treated by Historians, but as he was York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a very respectable Man… “Whether innocent or guilty, he did not reign long in peace, for Henry Tudor E. of Richmond as great a Villain as ever lived, made a great fuss about getting the Crown & having killed the King at the battle of Bosworth, he succeeded to it.”

My initial thought was that another of the Jeffs was winding me up, but I checked. It is for real!

Jane Austen was a Bride!


This blog is served with gravy, not sauce. You may choose as an accompaniment fresh green salad or seasonal vegetables.

The History of England is an early work of Jane Austen’s, completed in 1791 when she was just 15 years old: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/austen/accessible/introduction.html


© Jeff Jefferty Jeff 1st February 2015



One thought on “Jane Austen was a Ricardian

  1. Erm, if I recollect, her ‘history’ was meant to be something of a spoof, and was subtitled ‘By a biased source’….


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