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Written by Mandy N
(8/22/2004 6:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Indeed!, penned by GregM
History, particularly in JA's time was treated very seriously. It is considered to embody English culture and memory. However, according to JulieW's posts below Goldsmith's was rather sloppy in it's approach. It had few dates and like other schoolchildren she found it ponderous and boring to toil through it's four volumes.
There is an interesting converstion in Northanger Abbey between Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney, ch.14
'That little girls and boys should be so tormented, is what noone at all acquainted with human nature can deny; but in behalf of our most distinguished historians, I must observe, that
I think by Henry's comment, Austen means historians make the subject an absolute pain even if not their intention.
I'm unsure if the Lancastrian/Yorkist debate figured much in JA's time, at least politically. I'm inclined to think it was carried on in academic circles.
*However, I have read the politican Horace Walpole queried the the blackened reputation of a Yorkist king who is coming up tomorrow.
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