Dec 052016
 

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Hi friends!  I hope you are enjoying a lovely December so far!  Things have been feeling a little chaotic for Mr. Bingley and myself these past few weeks and I’m sure with the holidays that won’t change! 🙂

But we’ve had time to decorate our little casita!

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You can tell a lot about us by our Christmas tree ornaments!

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May 022016
 

The Trouble to Check HerLydia Bennet Improves Upon Acquaintance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the second book in Maria Grace’s The Queen of Rosings Park series. And while it is a stand alone novel, it is better to read this series in order because as fans of Maria Grace may already know, she has a penchant for altering situations and personalities!) 😉

So yeah…I was so eager to read this book that I didn’t realize it was the second book of a series! oops! 😉 (Oh well, wouldn’t be the first time this has happened!)  While I had some questions about what happened in book 1, what I did know and understand quickly was that Lydia’s attempted elopement with Wickham was unsuccessful, Mr. Bennet has disowned Lydia (and apparently has a harsh and hurtful nature!), and the newly married Darcys thought it was in Lydia’s best interest for her to attend a boarding school for young women who have lost their virtue. Continue reading »

Aug 072015
 

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I have a special treat for you today, readers!  Austenesque author, Maria Grace is stopping in for a visit and chat about her newest release, Mistaking Her Character!  Anyone who has seen Maria’s blog knows she has a passion for history and research.  Last year, in conjunction with her release of Remember the Past, she talked about what it was like to be a child during the Regency era.  Today her topic is author-7_2014_wspgentlemanly professions!  I hope you find this history lesson to be as useful and informative as I did!

The nuances of social class and what makes a gentleman a gentleman remains a perennial source of confusion for Austenesque and Regency readers. How these men provided a livelihood for themselves and their families proves even more bewildering as some gentlemen had a profession, others did not, some were wealthy and some could find themselves in very dire straits

Of Gentlemen and the Gentry

A gentleman was the lowest ranking member of a social class known as the landed gentry. The group was considered upper class, but definitely below the titled peers. The group included:

  1. Baronet. A position created by King James in 1611, giving the person a hereditary title that passed to the eldest son, and the right to be addressed as “Sir.”
  2. Knight. Originally a military honor, it was increasingly used as a reward for service to the Crown. This was not a hereditary title.
  3. Esquire/squire. Originally a title related to the battlefield, it included a squire or person aspiring to knighthood, an attendant on a knight. Later it was an honor that could be conferred by the Crown and included certain offices such as Justice of the Peace. A squire was often the principal landowner in a district.
  4. Gentlemen. This started as a separate title with the Statute of Additions of 1413. It is used generally for a man of high birth or rank, good social standing, and of wealth.

This group was distinct from the middle class because they did not work for a living. Many were landowners who lived entirely off income generated from a home farm and numerous rented (tenanted) farms and cottages. Revenues from agricultural enterprises and rents were the primary source of gentleman’s income. Continue reading »