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Wealhtheow is on page 107 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
Vegetables were referred to as "garden stuff." Virtually nothing imported, but wealthy estates had hothouses for stuff like grapes. Salads largely made of lettuce and cucumbers. Cucumbers and most fruits were cooked instead of eaten raw (wise given that cesspit contents were commonly used as manure).
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 101 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
The type of heat&lighting used depends on location&wealth. Rich or coastal people use coal, peat, turf, or scrounged wood if poor or inland. Greased rushes (rushlights) used by the poorest to avoid expense of candles (and candle tax), or fish oil lamps used by poor in coastal regions with cheap fish.
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 82 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
In 1790s, London empties in August, fills in February. The most crowded period is from Christmas to June, when upper class is in town and parliament sits. Poor stay put during summer.
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 65 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
Jane Austen: schooled from age 7-8 by a private tutor, 10-11 at Reading Ladies' Boarding School. So very little formal education, and nothing past age eleven.
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 61 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
Even in 1805 many households made their own ink from oak galls, gum arabic, allum, and water. Parchment or vellum used for some official documents, paper made from finely shredded rags (this paper is more durable than modern stuff made from wood pulp).
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 45 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
Harris's List: annual directory to Covent Garden prostitutes, published 1757-95. Sold 8000 copies annually. Includes info like: "Miss Pheby C-mb-ll, No.9, Holland St, near Wardour St...About a month of May or June, this young lass arrived in town from Norfolk, unhackneyed in the Cyprian Game, she now treads the common path...Her age is now only 21, and she is both good tempered and able to singe an excellent song...
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is on page 39 of 422 of Jane Austen's England
The first proper national census of Great Britain took place on March 10, 1801. Only collected number, sex and occupation of people per household, and number of inhabited and uninhabited houses. "In `1801 [London] was the largest city in Europe with barely a million inhabitants." In England, only 1/7 of the population lived in large towns in 1801.
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Jane Austen's England

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Wealhtheow is 5% done with The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane (Alphabet Series, #2)
Both Tansy and Lady Emily are thus far hilarious. I hope this combo of light heartedness and personality-rich characters continues!
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The Tenacious Miss Tamerlane (Alphabet Series, #2)

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Wealhtheow is 68% done with A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)
"Her hands reached for him, desperate to make him understand. 'You have given your life to Jesus. There is no condemnation left for you to claim. I read that, in Romans. You are as pure as I am!'"

Yeppers, this is the most naturalistic dialog I could dream of.
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A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)

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Wealhtheow is 59% done with A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)
"She opened the heavy tome and lovingly riffled the pages.
'I've never held one,' she whispered. Her smile of reverent anticipation punched Anthony in the stomach, sending him into the other chair. Sheer joy covered her face.
'It's wonderful to hear the parts the bishop reads in church, but I have often wondered what the rest of it says.' "
NOPE. I refuse to believe a Regency gentlewoman has never held a bible.
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A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)

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Wealhtheow is 31% done with A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)
"Spending the evening comparing the calculated flirting of London's eligible ladies to Amelia's honest innocence was unappealing"
Listen, setting the heroine in opposition to all other women doesn't endear her to me, it just makes me dislike the author.
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A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)

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Wealhtheow is 26% done with A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)
"Head down, she made for the door, keeping her eyes locked on the veining of the marble floor. Polished shoes stepped into her view, forcing her to stop or collide into Lord Raebourne's chest.
Again.
She stopped.
'Please," he said softly. 'Do not leave.'
A single finger caught under her chin, forcing her gaze up to his.
'Stay and dine with us this evening."

yuck
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A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)

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Wealhtheow is 7% done with A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)
"He'd become entranced the moment he saw her perched on the ladder, humming as she ran the cloth over the books and shelves. Her giggle of happiness as she kicked off the bookshelf and sent the ladder careening down the wall had fascinated him to the point that he forgot to move out of the way before the ladder connected with his boot.
Then she'd landed in his arms."

This guy is already the worst.
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A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5)

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Wealhtheow is on page 191 of 304 of Newt's Emerald
"Parkins! My sword cane."
Parkins disappeared again. Truthful looked at her great-aunt.
"A sword-cane? Surely that can't be something you can take--"
"It is simply a walking stick for an old and tired woman," said Lady Badgery, "that happens to have a sword in it. But no on ewill ever know unless it proves necessary to unsheathe it, in which case, it will not matter."
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Newt's Emerald

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Wealhtheow is 80% done with No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)
[about planning her wedding]"Honestly, Max, the way you're carrying on, you'd think it was one of those medieval trials by ordeal."
"Well, it is a bit, isn't it? It's a bit like Earl Godwin being accused of murdering the King's brother and saying 'If I am guilty then let this bread choke me', and he took a bite and it choked him and he died."
He stared at me. "Not it's not. It's nothing like that at all."
Nov 13, 2015 08:16PM 1 comment
No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)

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Wealhtheow is 62% done with The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)
"Killick," said the commodore, passing him an empty gravy boat. "Tell my cook to fill this with something that very closely resembles gravy, or take the consequences. Heaven and earth alike revolt against a parched and withered duck."
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The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)

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Wealhtheow is 61% done with The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)
Barett Bondon and Killick are gossiping and apparently Jack&Sophie have disagreed about various estate managements, and they actually fought about Clarissa (who Sophie thinks was Jack's mistress) before Jack left on this mission; I hadn't realized they'd actually talked to each other about it.
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The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)

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Wealhtheow is 60% done with The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)
aaah I do get why Maturin doesn't want to council Jack or Sophie about their respective jealousies, but he sees how unhappy they both are, and I wish he'd encourage them to bear their breasts to each other. Reserve and misunderstandings are tearing this marriage apart and making everyone desperately unhappy.
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The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)

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Wealhtheow is 50% done with The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)
Clarissa Oaks throws a dinner party and both she and Mrs.Aubrey wear dresses from the red cloth Jack brought back from Java. Mrs.Aubrey immediately assumes they were loves, and Clarissa says that by the time they're alone and she could explain the real situation, she no longer wants to. Clarissa, you *were* a prostitute, so Mrs.Aubrey's assumption of your character is actually not far off. Also, just tell her!
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The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, #17)

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Wealhtheow is on page 303 of 371 of Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
omg omg Damerell is a sorcerer and SPOILERS Rollo is his familiar. I cannot love this development more if I tried.
Oct 23, 2015 11:04AM 1 comment
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

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Wealhtheow is on page 291 of 371 of Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
OK, so, a curse just nearly killed you all and you decide the best plan is to go alone, without telling anyone, to confront the person you think set the curse? Prunella, you nitwit.
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Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

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Wealhtheow is on page 283 of 371 of Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
'"Oh, fiddle!" said Prunella.'
Take your fiddles and shove it, Prunella, there are assassinations and wars afoot and all you do is go to balls and prattle. The number of secrets she's keeping right now is outright flabbergasting. It is a mystery to me how someone can be so clever and sensible in some scenes, and so empty-headed in others. She's like two different characters at once.
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Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

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Wealhtheow is on page 179 of 371 of Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
"It could not be just, she thought, that Zacharias should be so good, and so persecuted. And that SHE should be exposed to such peril and discomfort was not to be borne."
I almost hate Prunella. She pretty much continually makes the most troublesome choice every single time.
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Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)

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Wealhtheow is on page 185 of 399 of The Traitor Baru Cormorant
I ship Baru and Tain Hu SO GODDAMN HARD and luckily, the author seems to ship them too. Hawk-faced duchesses and nigh-sociopathic accountant revolutionaries ftw!
Sep 30, 2015 05:49PM Add a comment
The Traitor Baru Cormorant

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Wealhtheow is on page 146 of 349 of Armada
So is Zack's entire story thus far just a manipulative simulation he's stuck in? The storyline is following bad sf/teen 80s movies a little too closely.
Sep 18, 2015 10:57AM Add a comment
Armada

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Wealhtheow is on page 118 of 349 of Armada
This entire story is 100% wish fulfillment, and I'm willing to float along with that to a certain extent, except I hate shit like this: the main character has just met what will CLEARLY be his love interest and she is wish fulfillment from head to toe. Every part of her seems designed to be attractive to an 18year old stereotypical straight nerd boy.
Sep 18, 2015 10:50AM 4 comments
Armada

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Wealhtheow is on page 62 of 608 of Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
"Ah, children," growled Dame Okra, watching him climb. "I forget what darlings they are. How I long for the opportunity to forget once more."
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Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)

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Wealhtheow is on page 60 of 608 of Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
"The epic journey Dame Okra, Abdo, and I made across the Goreddi countryside can be distilled to 1 word: miserable. It seems grossly unfair to our suffering that 2 weeks of mud, broken carriage wheels, and Dame Okra's swearing should be so reducible, but there are only so many Saints to swear by, and a carriage only has 4 wheels.
Mud, on the other hand, is infinite.
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Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)

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