Jane Austen and the Military
Jane Austen includes several characters in her novels who are (or have) been in the military. This is not surprising as through most of her writing career Britain was locked in a titanic struggle against Napoleonic France in which battles such as Trafalgar and Waterloo were fought. But what does she tell us about the military of her time, and how accurate are her accounts?
In his talk, Rupert Matthews will discuss how various characters and their experiences are portrayed in Jane Austen's novels including George Wickham (Pride & Prejudice); Colonel Brandon (Sense & Sensibility); Mr Weston (Emma); William Price (Mansfield Park); Frederick Wentworth and Admiral Croft (Persuasion).
Rupert Matthews is an established public speaker and author of non-fiction books, magazine articles and newspaper columns. His work has been translated into 28 languages (including Sioux).