Hugh Thomson cover of the Jane Austen’s novel Emma and photo of the movie “Emma” starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse in the movie “Emma” directed by Douglas McGrath in 1996.
Emma Woodhouse is a character of the Jane Austen’s novel Emma published in 1815. Emma is a young, rich and clever woman who is a real matchmaker. Although she refused to be married, she loves meddles with romantic life of the others. She doesn’t resist the temptation to find the perfect husband for her friend Harriet. Her very good friend Mr. Knightley often tries to restrain her excessive indiscretion.
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.