The History of England By a Partial Prejudiced and Ignorant Historian by Jane Austen
So I was shelving in the library and noticed a book out of place and pulled it, (as we have a certain process we do to make sure it wasn’t a checked out book mistakenly put on the shelf). After I had pulled the book I saw it was a copy of The History of England By a Partial Prejudiced and Ignorant Historian, Jane Austen.
Of course I had to check it out and read it.
This is a very short history, really a parody of the text books they had to read, and discusses the The History of England from the reign of Henry the 4th to the death of Charles the 1st.
As this is a satire it pokes fun at different historical leaders and praises others-some names are spelled wrong, facts and parts of their lives are completely left out.
We get to see Jane Austen’s view on history and who she likes, such as Mary Queen of Scots over Elizabeth I.
Reading this reminded me of the series Drunk History. I was never into the series as there is a lot of cursing and the humor wasn’t really for me-but reading this book made me think of it and other video shows and tumblr accounts who make fun of history-giving some facts but doing their own take and trying to be funny more than anything else. Kind of like Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I but with more historical figures.
It was an entertaining and fast read, you definitely see the foundation for her later books, but I really think it would be better to be heard than read-like how Austen probably with family. When you read it out loud it is way funnier.
If you are interested in reading it for yourself, click on this link.
For more Jane Austen, go to Praying With Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen
For more parody, go to The Cruel Giggling Ghoul: Teen Titans Go (2016)