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Monday, February 2

Announcing the Jane Austen Today - Excessively Diverting Blog Award

The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.

Congratulations to the seven worthy recipients of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award presented by Jane Austen Today

1.) AustenBlog: Mags, or Margaret Sullivan, the editrix of this blog and the doyenne of all Austenesque blogs (she began Austenblog in 2004, an eon in terms of the blogosphere), puts her rapier wit and knowledge of Jane Austen’s novels to good use in her frequent and informative posts. We can think of no better blog as the recipient of our first award.

2.) The Duchess of Devonshire Gossip Guide to the 18th Century and

3.) Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century are sister sites that offer insights about England and France over two hundred years ago. Lauren and Heather, two art historians, enliven and expand our knowledge about the worlds the Duchess of Devonshire and poor headless Marie lived in. Included in the mix are an assortment of scandalous and famous women of the era, and an analysis of paintings, fashions, and social history that are sure to please the discerning reader.

4.) Versailles and More: This beautifully designed blog covers art, history, music, and sociology. Catherine Delor’s knowledge of French history and life in the 18th century is unparalleled. Not only is her blog informative and impeccable, it is gorgeous to look at as well.

5.) Factual Imagining: Lady A. Byron’s energy and eye for design caught our collective eyes, and her penchant for writing about news items and historical topics related to the sort of history, literature and the cinema that interests us warms the cockles of our hearts.

6.) Risky Regencies: This blog, written by a group of sharp lady writers is right up your alley if you like romance and regency novels. Known for interviews with best selling authors, guest bloggers, reviews, historical details, and writing tips, this blog is never, ever boring.

7.) Ripple Effects: Arti reviews books, movies, and concerts with panache and style. Her knowledgeable point of view - regardless of the topic or era – is as refreshing as it is informative.

Recipients, please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven (7) other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.

Best wishes and happy writing from Jane Austen Today


Catherine Delors said...

Wow, thank you! I am honored. And I love the look of the blog award itself. Very Austenian.

Nonna said...

Congrats to the winners...I'll check them out !

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise to receive such a classy award! I'm indeed honored. A heart-felt thank you!

Heather Carroll said...

Thank you so much! I love the new award, very classy!

Anonymous said...

Oooh! Thank you! This just brightened my week :) I visit your blog everyday, and I am always impressed by how fun, lively, and informative it is! Thanks again for everything!

ChaChaneen said...

Oooooh that looks just lovely! Today will go down in history for wanting this coveted design! Beautiful job!

Lauren said...

Oh thank you! What a great award, it's a perfect fit to your lovely site!

Susan Jane said...

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