Lucy Worsley explores how the houses Jane Austen moved around to impacted her work. Severton, Bath, Lyme, and the various houses live on in her novels. Although many of the houses Jane lived in or visited don't exist any more their spirit still lives on in her novels.
Worsley kicks off the episode with visiting Severton and the site of the Jane Austen's childhood home. She talks about how she grew up. The people she met and the story with Tom LeFroy. Growing up, good conversation revolved around music and books. She talks about how her brother was adopted by a rich family and how that impacted Jane's life.
Jane was the poor relation in the family as her, her father, her mother and her sister moved around to various houses. She was expected to earn her keep by entertaining the family when they stayed with the rich relations. The family moved around to various homes after her father retired, eventually stayed in Bath. After her father died, her brother took her, her mother, and sister in. Worsley also takes care to discuss Austen's loves and her career as a writer as well as where she wrote her novels.
I know this is a history blog, but documentary would be very appropriate for an English Literature class, especially if there is a sub in the room. Even if you don't use it in class, then you can share it with a student who is doing a paper on Jane Austen.
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I was introduced to Lucy Worsley through her documentary Harlots, Housewives, and Heroines and try to watch her every chance I get. She would be an excellent addition to the classroom library whether it's on DVD or on live streaming. If you can't show the full documentary then use clips from her series for a lecture in order to flush out history better. I'm thrilled PBS is showing her royal documentaries so American audiences can get to know her. You'll quickly discovered that she loves dressing up in period costume.
Secrets of the Six Wives: Amazon
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Twelve Days of Tudor Christmas: Amazon
Lucy Worsley celebrates Christmas like a king, as in King Henry VIII. She goes through each day of the 12 days of Christmas partying like a Tudor.
Tales of the Royal Wardrobe: Amazon
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Tales of the Royal Bedchamber: Amazon
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Royal Myths and Secrets: Amazon
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Empire of Tsars: Romanov Russia: Amazon Prime
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Royal Palace Secrets: Amazon
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Victoria and Albert: The Wedding: Amazon
Lucy Worsley and several historians restage the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, each taking a piece of the ceremony such as the music, fashion, the placement of the guest and the wedding breakfast.
A Very British Murder: AmazonPrime
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Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors: YouTube
Lucy explores the houses that inspired Jane Austen and her writing. She starts with Austen’s childhood home and concludes with the home she died in.
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If Walls Could Talk: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
Worsley explores the history of the home through its four rooms: Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Living room. She takes us on how each room developed historically and what changes have been made in the modern period. She even makes a working model of the toilet Sir John Harrington invented in order to show that it worked, gets scolded by a cook for not properly taking care of a stove and gets her hair done in a 1920's style before taking a bath.
Elegance and Decadence: History of the Regency: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Lucy Worsley narrates the Regency Period, explaining the Prince Regent's complicated relationship with his father and Napoleon as well as Jane Austen and the changes England underwent during this period.
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