"People get so horridly poor and economical in this part of the world that I have no patience with them. Kent is the only place for happiness; everybody is rich there." Letter to Cassandra, 1798
After reading Jane Austen's romantic novels learn about the real England of her lifetime. Life then was certainly quite brutal and the population were living with the threat of invasion and revolution from neighbouring France. This book by Roy and Lesley Adkins describes the troubled and turbulent times during this period, from wife selling, hangman's gibbets, children forced to work in mines and the possible risk of highwaymen! This book will provide a more real backdrop to Jane's life and a true contrast to the genteel lives of Jane's many characters.