Hardly anyone stands for this epoch as the English writer Jane Austen (1775 – 1817). https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen 


Her novels have been consistently available since the first release and are popular by generations of readers. Love, class barriers and social snobbery were always the dominant themes, however, she never got married.

Jane Austen was born as the seventh child of a pastor’s family in Steventon (Hampshire/ GB). Later she lived in Bath and Chawton. The family was well-read and educated, and even as a young girl, Jane began to write. Famous book titles are e.g. “Northanger Abbey“, “Emma“, “Pride and Prejudice“, “Beloved Jane”, The Watsons “and so on.

Due to lack of sufficient dowry, she was temporarily active as a private tutor and governess. She died in July 1817 at the age of 41 and was buried in the Cathedral of Winchester.

The customs of this epoch were strict and all her works afford glimpses to look behind the facades of the splendid mansions. The conventions and etiquettes of this time tell about what men were allowed to do, but women did not (for example writing novels).

Based on this background at various places in the world (mainly in England and the USA) historic balls, dance festivals and Tea Times take place every year. One of them in the Residence Castle of Ansbach (Bavaria), respectively the Orangerie in the wonderful nearby park. All participants appear in contemporary clothing, and also cultivate the contemporary language and its manners. And of course you drive by in a classic horse-coach.

If you want to join this event (usually takes place end of April), you can find more information at:  http://www.jane-austen-dances.de/austen-1.html and  http://www.jane-austen-dances.de/

Incidentally, the special thing about this elegant event is that you do not meet for just a  day, but already few days earlier. So you can better put yourself in this time and participate in an extensive training of historical dances. These are mostly row dances like the e.g. contredance and the Quadrille. The calls and instructions are traditionally given in German and English language. During the 18th century closely entwined couple dances were of course not tolerated; not yet married lovers were not allowed to meet without company and had to be satisfied with a benevolent look.

Furthermore, there are courses on the decency and behavior of this time. The ladies and gentlemen of this time spoke softly and sonorously; women took part in talks only when they were approached or when they were among themselves. Of course, after excessive consumption of alcohol, things also got out of control. No big deal for the nobility, but rather for the lower classes. Jealousies among male candidates usually ended in gun duels.

Accordingly, the dress code was regulated. Hard to believe, but only effective this time, the underpants became an integral part of fashion/ clothing. Stylish ruffles, bows and pelerines were envogue; the ladies skirts had only ankle length.


The men wore taxedos (up to the thigh) and tailcoats, underneath usually a vest. In addition to that a high cylinder and individually bounded scarves or a stiff collar with border/ embroidery.

Here are some more impressions of the historic ballroom event …. the music alredy started playing …


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