Did Austen know about the French Revolution?

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Short answer: Duh! Yes. That’s for students who object to academic language 🙂

For more see my lecture on Austen’s Persuasion:

‘Eliza Hancock, Austen’s cousin and friend since childhood, married a French Captain, the Comte de Feuillide, who was a fervent  royalist. She was in France in 1793 when the Reign of Terror began and, threatened with arrest by the Committee of Public Safety, she fled to England to stay with the Austens. Her husband, the Comte, was guillotined in 1794 as an Enemy of the Republic. The stories Eliza told about this period gave Austen an enduring hatred of Republican France.’

 

 

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