Jane Austen and the Olympics
As London begins the final countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games, the next issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine takes a close look at the sports that Jane Austen and her contemporaries would have enjoyed in Regency England.
Athletics were by no means the popular sport that they are today; football and rugby had barely begun to codify their laws; and goodness knows what the early 19th century British public would have made of synchronised swimming or rhythmic gymnastics.
However, there was fencing and boxing, while equestrian skills were already highly valued by the early 1800s. Sailing and rowing were also popular pastimes, while competitive swimming was just beginning to take shape.
To find out more about Jane Austen and the Olympics – including what was the most popular sport with ladies in the early 1800s – subscribe to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, delivered direct to your door from Bath, England, six times a year. The July/August issue will be mailed to subscribers at the end of this month.