Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jane Eyre Dvd Winner


Congratulations HPIM4268

The winner of the1969 adaptation of Jane Eyre is Diane D. Congratulations, I will be emailing you shortly.


Angela Atja

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jane Eyre DVD Giveaway


When I am not devouring the work of Jane Austen, I am reading/watching Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. And since Valentine’s Day is approaching on the 14th and my birthday is on the 19th, I thought this would be the perfect time host a few giveaways.

The first giveaway is the 1969 adaptation of Jane Eyre.


Charlotte Bronte’s classic Victorian novel comes to life under the skillful direction of Delbert Mann. Adapted in the Masterpiece Theatre style of television. Susannah York stars as Jane Eyre, the orphaned girl who secures a position as a governess to the ward of Edward Rochester (George C. Scott), lord of an English manor called “Thornfield”. When Jane and the moody and tyrannical Rochester fall in love and agree to marry, his dark and sinister past comes to the surface and crashes down on both Rochester and the innocent Jane. (from the back of the movie cover)

As this is a Region 1 DVD, the giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada.

Giveaway Ends, February 17.

To enter please leave your name and a valid email address

Just for fun:

Do you have a favorite movie version of Jane Eyre? Was there a certain actor/actress that embodied your version of Rochester/Jane?

Best Wishes and Good Luck,


Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday’s Wonderings…Miss Austen’s thoughts on Richard III

Monday's Wonderings 

Jane Austen…The Young Historian 

Richard_III_earliest_surviving_portrait Earliest surviving portrait of Richard III

When it was announced on September 12, 2012 that a skeleton had been discovered in the ruins of the Greyfriars church I was ecstatic. I waited, impatiently, until finally on February 4, 2013 the remains, through DNA analysis, were identified as Richard III.

As someone who has devoted many years studying this period of English history and the life (and death) of King Richard III, I was thoroughly and utterly excited to watch this historic discovery play out.

Being a Ricardian, I am of the belief that Richard III was innocent of the accusations lobbed against him. However, there are many who believe him to be the villain that William Shakespeare portrayed him as in his play Richard III.

Richard III, like Henry VIII, is a one of the few English kings that people continue to have differing opinions about and at the age of fifteen Jane Austen voiced her opinion about the late king in her piece of juvenilia, The History of England, dated 26 November 1791.

Richard the 3d

The Character of this Prince had been in general very severely treated by Historians, but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a very respectable Man. It has indeed been confidently asserted that he killed his two Nephews & his Wife, but it has also been declared that he did not kill his two Nephews, which I am inclined to believe true; & if this is the case, it may also be affirmed that he did not kill his Wife, for if Perkin Warbeck was really the Duke of York, why might not Lambert Simnel be the Widow of Richard. Whether innocent or guilty, he did not reign long in peace, for Henry Tudor Earl of Richmond as great a Villain as ever lived, made a great fuss about getting the Crown & having killed the King at the battle of Bosworth, he succeeded to it.

-The History of England from the reign of Henry the 4th to the death of Charles the 1st

By a partial, prejudiced, & ignorant Historian.

page9full A page from the original manuscript of The History of England referring to Richard III as well as a miniature watercolor representation of Richard III painted by Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra.

To view, and read, the original manuscript of Jane Austen’s The History of England, please visit The British Library’s interactive online Gallery HERE

160754079-1-778x437 Facial Reconstruction of Richard III

Whether you are a Ricardian, or one who adheres to Shakespeare’s portrayal of Richard, or one who has just discovered Richard III, I encourage you to explore the following websites. (Please note that both websites show photographs of the remains of Richard III. I would recommend checking out the content of the websites before allowing young children to view them)

The University of Leicester’s website: The Search for Richard III by the University of Leicester

The Richard III Society

Angela A2A