The location of the lord or ladies home in London is always something I spend time over. And each time I then research the square I use or re-research it. Bedford Square is one such location that our Heroes or Heroines would readily find themselves abiding at.
The history of the square during our era follows the 5th Duke of Bedford who liked the West End better and his brother the sixth Duke, John Russell, whose son was later to be a Prime Minister.
(The sixth Duke, John Russell)
(5th Duke, Francis Russell)
Francis did not like the Bloomsbury area where the family’s London house was and had an auction of all the goods in 1800. Thereafter the house was demolished and the entire areas was placed under development. The focus was to be Russell Square, but just a block away was Bedford Square which had been developed between 1775 and 1783. The entire area of Bloomsbury was more fully developed under the auspices of the sixth Duke from 1802.
Now the square is mostly offices, but during our period some notables lived there. One such was Elizabeth Jesser Reid at #48 (1789-1866.) Her marriage for about one year to Dr. Reid left her a fortune which she later started Bedford college at the square. The first women-only higher education institute in London.
Another was John Scott, the 1st Earl of Eldon and Lord Chancellor from 1801 to 1806 and 1807 to 1827 at #6
The discoverer of Hydrogen, Henry Cavendish lived at #11
Thomas Hodgkin, identified with the cancerous Hodgkins disease (something I have a great familiarity with) was a resident at #35, as was Thomas Wakley who started the Lancet.
Jane Austen and Ghosts
The Kindle version has been out for two weeks. It is also available now at Barnes and Noble for your Nook, or at Smashwords. The iTunes edition is also available as is the trade paperwork version so Jane Austen and Ghosts is now physically in print.
With the availability on the iBookstore for your iPad, and in Trade Paperback, Jane Austen and Ghosts is available at all the outlets that Regency Assembly Press publishes to. The Trade Paperback is now available for $8.99 US and of course available in other currencies for other countries based on that US price. Digital versions across all platforms are $4.99.
A brief synopsis of the story:
In the world of moviemaking, nothing is as golden as rebooting a classic tale that has made fortunes every time before when it has been adapted for the silver screen. Certainly any work by Jane Austen made into a movie will not only be bankable, but also considered a work of art.
That is of course until the current wave of adaptations that unite her classic stories with all the elements of the afterlife is attempted to be created. That these have found success in the marketplace amongst book lovers may not be quite understood by those who make movies. But that they are a success is understood and a reason to make them into movies.
All that being said, perhaps it would also be fair to say that the very proper Jane, were she present to have anything to say about it, would not be pleased. Of course she has been away from this Earth for nearly 200 hundred years. But does that mean were she upset enough, she wouldn’t come back?
Ellis Abbot found stories for tinseltown to make into movies. His most recent find were the batch of stories set in the regency world of Jane Austen. Jane Austen and Monsters.
Meeting with the various authors of those works, it did not seem that Ellis could get one coherent plot of script out of any of them. At least not until he got help from the best source of all.