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Was Jane Austen’s Aunt a Shoplifter?

Saturday 9th November
14.00-15.00

Was Jane Austen's aunt a shoplifter? Taunton Assizes, March 1800. This is one of the earliest cases about shoplifting in high society. Jane Austen's wealthy aunt was accused of theft in Bath in August 1799 and tried at Taunton Assizes in March 1800. Was she guilty of theft, or were the shopkeepers guilty of perjury? This talk will present the evidence and ask the audience for their verdict. There will be some references to characters or events in Jane Austen's novels. (Free drop in event, no booking required)

 

 

Devon and Exeter Institution

  David Pugsley