Jane Austen & the Wars

Selected Sources

The following is a list of the major sources used in writing this series. Over the years I have read many books and articles on the battles and various aspects of Napoleonic warfare. Likewise, I have read many covering Regency history and social life. Rather than pad the list with a long list of publications, I have limited it to those works which I specifically drew from my shelves, visited a library to reference, or pulled from the Internet.

Primary Sources

The Times. Tues., April 21, 1795; June 16, 1795 (microfilm, Toronto Public Library)

Secondary Sources

Austen-Leigh, William & Richard Arthur (Revised by Le Faye, Deirdre). Jane Austen, a Family Record. (1913/1989)

Breihan, John and Caplan, Clive. “Jane Austen and the Militia", Persuasion, 1993.

Bryant, Arthur. Years of Endurance, 1793-1802. (1942)

_____. Years of Victory, 1802-12. (1944)

_____. The Great Duke. (1971)

Caplan, Clive. “Jane Austen’s Banker Brother: Henry Thomas Austen of Austen & Co., 1801-1816", Persuasion, 1998.

_____. “Jane Austen’s Soldier Brother: The Militia Career of Captain Henry Austen of the Oxfordshire Militia, 1793-1801”, Persuasion, 1996.

Davenport, John, M. Oxfordshire Militia: sketch history of the Regiment. (1869)

Erickson, Carolly. Our Tempestuous Day, A History of Regency England. (1986)

Fosten, Bryan. Wellington’s Light Cavalry. (Osprey, 1982)

Halevy, Elie. A History of the English People in 1815. (1924, reprint 1987)

Haythronthwaite, Philip J. British Cavalryman, 1792-1815. (Osprey, 1994)

_____. ”Wellington’s Militia: British militiamen in the regular army, 1798-1815”, Military Illustrated, 91 (12/1995)

Hubback, J.H. and Edith C. Jane Austen’s Sailor Brothers. (1906)

Longford, Elizabeth. Wellington, The Years of the Sword. (1969)

Reid, Stuart. “Was Britain Prepared?”, Military Illustrated. Nr. 155.

Strawson, John. Beggars in Red: The British Army, 1689-1889. (1991)

Thompson, E.P. The Making of the English Working Class. (1963)

Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen, A Life. (1997)


Austen, Jane, Letters - Brabourne Edition, Letters of Jane Austen

Sullivan, Maggie, “Wentworth Makes His Bones: The Battle of St. Domingo, Feb. 4, 1806”, www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine.

Phillips, Michael. “Ships of the Old Navy”, found HERE


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The author may be contacted at: jeverett@sympatico.ca

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