Jane Austen's home village and Mad Meg
Radio four talked about Lady Hestor Stanhope yesterday who’s story is amazing. Among many other things she befriended and was beloved by the Arab world an attitude we should try to emulate 200 years later. Her story was discussed on BBC Radio Four yesterday and if you want to know more about her you could start here:
However it is Mad Meg I think of first.
There are a number of great pioneers and yesterday reminded me that I had not done a post on one I came across unexpectedly last winter.
This picture was taken in Jane Austen’s home village of Chawton in Hampshire. I spotted this poster and wondered who she was. The answer is “Mad Meg”or “ Mad Madge”. Subsequent research has left me speechless, I know not what to think; but that poster shook me up a lot.
A Princely Brave Woman
By Stephen Clucas will throw some light on her life and works: