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Jane Austen was the daughter of a clergyman, the sister of two others and the cousin of four more. Her principal acquaintances were clergymen and their families, whose social, intellectual and religious attitudes she shared. Yet while clergymen feature in all her novels, often in major roles, there has been little recognition of their significance. To many readers their st...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published January 1st 2002)
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Beth Bonini
This is one for enthusiasts -- and not so much of Jane Austen, but of the late 18th/early 19th century. I enjoyed it, particularly when I could glean bits/anecdotes for my volunteer role at Jane Austen's House.

Considering how many men in Jane's life were clergyman -- not least of all her father and two of her brothers -- it is interesting that they do not come off very well in her novels.
A lot of good background on the church during Jane's life. Some of it I already knew, but I have enough gaps in my C of E history knowledge that I found this useful.
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