"In France people behave in a very edifying way in church and generally in public... Stay on your knees as long as you can; that will be the best position to set an example. Do not allow yourself any grimaces which only look hypocritical: that is a reproach to be avoided above all else in that country."
MARIA THERESA, 21 APRIL 1770
December 18, 2014
December 16, 2014
The poll is now open! Which style gown do you prefer?
The Robe à l'Anglaise or the Robe à la Française?
Both styles were worn between the years of 1720 and 1780. The robe à l'anglaise developed with a fitted back after the style of dress worn in England. The sacque-back of the robe à la Française is reinterpreted from the seventeenth–century gown to incorporate two expansive pleats from the neckline at back.
|Robe à l'Anglaise, French. 1785-87, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
|Robe à l'Anglaise|
|Robe à la Française, French. 1750-75, silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
|Robe à la Française|
December 13, 2014
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Author Syrie James was inspired to write Jane Austen's First Love by references in several of Jane Austen's letters to Edward Taylor, heir to Bifrons Park in Kent (pictured above!). You will feel like you are on holiday with Austen as the book looks back to real events and people Jane encountered while visiting the countryside with her sister Cassandra.
Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention. Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions.
To celebrate the holidays and the release of Jane Austen's First Love, Syrie is giving away five prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books!
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on this post.
Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour! Syrie's unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews, spotlights, excerpts, and reviews of the novel. Contest closes at 11:59pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on Syrie’s website on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents.
Good luck to all!
Continue reading for a peek inside the new novel!