Published on June 9th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Jane Austen: A Revolutionary Romantic
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s greatest novelists, Jane Austen.
Jane Austen is most famously known for her romantic novels including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Mansfield Park.
However, when you look more closely, Jane Austen was quite the revolutionary in her views on love, marriage and money in the Regency-era. With her sharp wit, characterisation and engaging heroines, Austen looked to challenge the society of her time.
She questioned the position of women in Regency society and mocked the snobbery of the age. In an era where women were expected to marry for money or status, Austen advocated they should marry for love and be happy.
Interestingly, Jane Austen herself never married. She did at one time accept a proposal from a wealthy gentleman. Yet, the very next day turned him down as she declared she didn’t love him.
The themes of her novels have of course stood the test of time. Therefore, it is no surprise that they continue to be adapted for film and TV today. In fact, Pride and Prejudice remains in the top 10 must-read novels in the UK. Worldwide, it has sold over 20 million copies.
Jane Austen 2017 United Kingdom £2 Coin
To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Royal Mint has released a selection of commemorative £2 coins. The Enduring Romance with Jane Austen 2017 selection is available now at the Post Office Shop.
It is the first official UK coin to celebrate this outstanding writer and two specifications are available:
The coin design is by Dominique Evans at the Royal Mint. It emphasises the elegant Regency style of Jane Austen’s era. The framed silhouette of Jane is set perfectly by the bicolour coin design. You can just picture this coin on a wall somewhere at Mr Darcy’s Pemberley estate.
For fans of the memorable TV adaption of Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, there is also the Jane Austen Signed Stamp Cover. It is signed by actress Susannah Harker who played Jane Bennet in the series.
The work of other remarkable Authors are also marked with a selection of collectible coins and stamps including the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie and the ever popular Beatrix Potter. They are all available now at the Post Office Shop.
Jane Austen: 200 Years
In her home county of Hampshire, celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of her death are continuing throughout 2017.
Exhibitions, writing competitions, walks, even a regency ball are all taking place. You can find out more by visiting the Jane Austen 200 website.