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Jane-Austen

Jane Austen: a wartime writer?

War and violence are the last things one would associate with that 19th-century doyenne of English literature, Jane Austen. Ambles in the countryside, flirtatious glances, frocks with lace and frills, and the relentless pursuit of wealthy bachelors are the more likely images conjured by her name.

Yet conventional interpretations of the novelist’s work lack reference to a crucial context – that of war. For most of Jane Austen’s life, Britain was involved in conflicts of varying existential significance across the globe.

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[Competition Closed] MHM 86 Caption Competition

Think of something appropriately witty for this picture from our feature on the real Grand Old Duke of York (MHM 86), and leave your caption as a comment below. The best caption will be judged by the editorial team and published in the next issue of Military History Monthly!