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Jane Austen’s Fake Marriages


Fans of Jane Austen know that the beloved novelist who gave us some of the world’s greatest romance stories died unmarried. But as a teen, did she harbor hopes for a love match for herself?

According to the Huffington Post:

Austen, who never married and died at 41 in 1817, apparently created not one, but two fake marriage announcements for herself, filling out forms meant to document the publication of banns (a public proclamation of an intended marriage, read out on three successive Sundays from a church pulpit). The entries appear in the Steventon parish marriage register for 1755–1812.

Funny thing, though. Her grooms’ names will be very familiar to any Austen fans…

Learn more about Jane Austen’s fake marriages.


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