First published in 1791, The History of England is a refreshingly witty, classic account of England’s royal reigns from Henry IV through to Charles I. Written by Jane Austen aged 15, this is a topic she studied when she was a child.
In this mischievous satire on school history books, Austen’s delightful juvinilia highlights her dry wit and advanced talent for writing. The History of England gives a humorous account of the country’s well-known kings and queens, and is complete with Austen’s original spelling quirks.
Describing herself as a ‘partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian’, Austen uses a light-hearted tone to parody the dry history books popularly seen in schools. This lively book mocks historians with outrageous characters and deliciously naughty intelligence.
This satirical volume’s contents includes:
Proudly republished by Read & Co. Books, this classic treasure is a must-read for collectors of Austen’s work and fans of English history.