Today is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and there are many events to commemorate her death. Earlier this year I wrote about The Spirituality of Jane Austen by Paula Hollingsworth, a combination of a biography and an analysis of Jane Austen’s works from the point of how they reveal her spirituality.
Currently I’m reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley,
telling her life story through the places she lived, places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester. Lucy Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a ‘life without incident’.
Jane Austen died in this house in Winchester
and is buried in Winchester Cathedral’s north nave aisle.