I am honoured to have been asked to be a part of the celebrations and to add Charlotte - Pride & Prejudice Continues to the prizes. I also was asked to write a post, you can click here to go to their site or scroll down and read it here.
Falling in love with Darcy's Derbyshire!
However, it was while visiting Derbyshire, England herself that Jane Austen penned her most famous novel Pride & Prejudice. In it, she tells us that love matters not a jot in her society, only money, titles and estates. What was it about this beautiful county that inspired her?
Jane was staying in Bakewell when inspiration hit and her quill began to scratch away on the paper and the story of the Bennet family was born. Bakewell is in the Peak district and has been a market town since 1330, but was mentioned in the 1085 Domes day book as ‘Badequella’ meaning bath-well. It is most famous these days for its puddings that we now call Bakewell tarts. If you haven’t tried one, you simply must. I am sure Jane did. Austen scholars also believe that Bakewell was the inspiration for Lambton. However, it was the village of Longnor near Buxton (famous for its spring water), which was used in the 1995 BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.
“It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned."
One place I would also recommend, and I am sure Jane would have visited too, are the Blue-john mines. Blue-john stone is from the French Bleu-Jaune, meaning blue and yellow. The stones are beautiful as are the caves and well worth taking time out of your stately home tour to see, and the shop is a great place to buy unusual souvenirs and presents to take home. Visiting Bakewell, Chatsworth, Matlock, Dove Dale, Lyme Hall and the Peaks, you would not only be following in the steps of Elizabeth, the Gardiners and Jane Austen herself, but it would be a dream tour of Darcy’s Derbyshire!
Karen Aminadra is the author of the award-winning Charlotte – Pride& Prejudice Continues available through all stockists and Amazon.
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