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History of England (Penguin Classics 60s) Paperback – 30 Nov 1995

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0146001559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0146001550
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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Henry the 4th ascended the throne of England much to his own satisfaction in the year 1399, after having prevailed on his cousin & predecessor Richard the 2d to resign it to him, & to retire for the rest of his Life to Pomfret Castle, where he happened to be murdered. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Jane Austen may be best known for her biting and sarcastic wit, her compassion for her characters, and her understanding of the truth of their lives and situations. But this short piece of juvenilia combines all of her mature insight with the confidence, humour, and unmitigated self-satisfaction of a younger and more whimsical Austen. Definitely not to be overlooked in favour of her more serious work, this book will take merely minutes to read but leave you with astoundingly funny comments to treasure and smile over for years to come. It is Jane Austen at her very best: uninhibited, cruel, funny and ultimately self-deprecating. She knows what she is doing and does it with consumate skill. A must read for any Austen fan or anyone with a sense of humour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2013
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This tiny book is indeed the History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian. When however the historian is the young Jane Austen, this simplified British history is pure delight. Fifteen year old Jane Austen, with her characteristic wit, wrote mini biographies of the Kings and Queens of England from Henry the 4th to Charles the 1st. The 'Historian' of course warns the reader that she is prejudiced and ignorant, so one should not be surprised by the lack of dates, evidence, or the passion with which she defends her favorite monarchs and condemns their enemies. The book is illustrated by her sister Cassandra Austen, whose little portraits of British monarchs are very amusing.

I loved this book as it shows traces of Austen's future literary greatness, but also because it shows the fun ways the Austen family entertained each other and encouraged their children's talents.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One of the most amusing pieces in English Literature 4 Mar. 1998
By tre@quake.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jane Austen may be best known for her biting and sarcastic wit, her compassion for her characters, and her understanding of the truth of their lives and situations. But this short piece of juvenilia combines all of her mature insight with the confidence, humour, and unmitigated self-satisfaction of a younger and more whimsical Austen. Definitely not to be overlooked in favour of her more serious work, this book will take merely minutes to read but leave you with astoundingly funny comments to treasure and smile over for years to come. It is Jane Austen at her very best: uninhibited, cruel, funny and ultimately self-deprecating. She knows what she is doing and does it with consumate skill. A must read for any Austen fan or anyone with a sense of humour.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Austen's brief History of time (and slightly rewritten) 27 Dec. 2000
By A. Woodley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jane Austen wrote these short snippets on a number of the rulers of England in chronological order - using, as she says, 'very few dates'. The result is a wonderful collection of highly prejudicial outlines of various Kings and Queens - and after all the purpose of history to be scandalous and slanderous can be undermined by sticking too closely to extraneous detail such as dates and so on. The whole thing would probably take you much less than hour to read. Austen proves her talent for sharp observation and wit from an early age for this little book was written while she was still a teenager in the early 1790's. Its a lovely introduction to her writing for those who haven't had much to do with Austen before but are keen to try her out.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Jane Austne's funniest book 27 Oct. 2003
By L O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This hilarious little book is full of wonderfully biased observations on the Kings and Queens of England between henry the 4th and Charles the 1st. Of Henry VI she writes fiercely "I cannot say much for this monarch's sense, nor would I if I could, for he was a Lancastrian" She is a supporter of Richard III's claim to innocence, averring that he may not have murdered his wife for "if Perkin Warbeck were really the Duke of York, why not might Lambert Simnel be the widow of Richard?" She includes a very rique charade on the homosexual habits of king James I. I feel that Sellar and Yeatman, who wrote '1066 and All That'may have derived inspiration from this book, her N.B. at the beginning 'there will be very few Dates in this History' has a very Sellar and yeatman sound. I increasingly find Jane Asuten's Juvenilia more amusing than her later works, and this book is a prime example.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Highly entertaining insight into young Jane 14 July 2008
By Miss Meg - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book! Austen's sometimes snarky and amusingly judgmental conclusions of which rulers were good and bad. I love her loathing of Queen Elizabeth and her spirited defense of Mary Queen of Scots. The drawings by Cassandra are also excellent. I do wish that she'd written a longer history as Austen's colorful version of English history is a delightful read for all true Austen fans.
Paleographically Challenged 1 Nov. 2012
By Talking Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This facsimile is a treasure to behold, although I'll admit to finding the 200 year alteration in English handwriting to be challenging. It would be nice were someone to publish it with a companion text in a print-font. However, I have found the text online at [...]
I shall cherish this facsimile, just as I do Jane Austen's published juvenalia
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