I love visiting Winchester, not only for the mysteries of King Arthur but also to say hello to Jane Austen; I walk down College Street to the house where she died, touching the wall to acknowledge her!
Born in 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, Austen was one of eight children. She began writing as a young girl and grew to be a women with a great capacity for life, sweet in nature, and witty. She loved to observe the upper and middle classes around her in early 19th century England. With classics such as Sense and Sensibility, her first novel in 1811, and Pride and Prejudice (1813), Jane became one of England’s most popular novelists and a national treasure by the 1930s. Continue reading »