In Jane Austen’s writing, we see a celebration of sisterhood and female friendship: and in the writer’s real life, her sister Cassandra was her closest friend and confidante. In this talk, Jane and Cassandra’s upbringing at Steventon and their reliance on each other as they grew older will come to life in a discussion of real and fictional sisterhood in Austen’s Regency England, as well as why Cassandra Austen is essential to our understanding of the life of Jane Austen.
Dr Lizzie Rogers is an independent historian of the eighteenth century, specialising in gender, collecting and the country house. She completed her PhD at the University of Hull in October 2020, and has since written and consulted on a variety of subjects, from female collectors to the eighteenth century on screen to Jane Austen. She currently works as a freelance writer and researcher.