Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pride and Prejudice and....Mummies?

I was aware that Lord Carnarvon was the money behind Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb, (and that Downton Abbey was the home of the Carnarvons)

But what is their link to Jane Austen?

Jane Austen's world:

In Jane’s day, Lord Carnarvon was Henry, the 1st Earl. Jane wrote in a letter to Cassandra Austen, Saturday25 – Monday 27 th,  October 1800 :
“This morning we called at the Harwood’s & in their dining room found Heathcote & Chute for ever – Mrs Wm Heathcote & Mrs Chute – the first of whom took a long ride in to Lord Carnarvons Park and fainted away in the evening…”

go to the link for more photos of the Carnavons, Tut, and lithographs of how Downton Abbey (actual name: Highclere Castle) looked in Jane's day. More about Highclere Castle here.

so maybe instead of having a book called "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" they should have written "Pride and Prejudice and Mummies"...

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