Sunday, November 19, 2017
Jane & Me - Caroline Knight
This however is the story mainly about Caroline and her life, and somehow I think I was expecting to find some Jane Austen secrets in the book. A found manuscript, a hidden locket or bonnets found in the attic - alas it was not to be,and I came away none the wiser about the author. I did however get an understanding of how tough it must have been two hundred years ago, when women's lives were at the mercy of the menfolk of the family. How they relied on the their fathers and brothers to look after them, and there must have been limited security, as the women would often be made homeless when husbands and fathers died.
With a great increase in the interest in Jane Austen in the past few decades, Caroline Knight to her credit has been telling her story at events, and updated the family history of Chawton House, which was last written about 100 years ago by her great grandfather. She has also established a foundation to assist with literacy using her famous great aunts name. 3/5