Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney are Jane Austen’s characters in the novel Northanger Abbey (written between 1798 and 1803 but published after the Jane Austen’s death in 1817). This book has been adapted in a tv film starring Felicity Jones.

In this book, Jane Austen parodies gothic novels (romance and supernatural, very popular in the late 18th century and early 19th century. It tells the story of a young and candid woman (17 years old) named Catherine Morland who has a vivid imagination and loves gothic novels. The book follows her first steps in the polite society of Bath and her discovery of the Northanger Abbey (house of the wealthy family of her new friend Henry Tilney).
Jane Austen wrote her novels during the Regency period in England. The Regency period was named due to the Regency of Prince George IV of England, which started with his father, King George III, being declared unfit to rule in 1811 and ended with his father’s death in 1820. The Regency period was characterized by romance, luxury and raise of literature and arts.
Regency (1811-1820) was a sub-period of the Georgian era (1714-1830). The Georgian era corresponded to the reigns of the first four Hanoverian kings of Britain. All of them were named George.
Jane Austen lived during the Georgian era, under the reign of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland and King George IV of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and king of Hanover.
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