The Tea Things of Jane Austen

Perhaps you have been watching the new Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion and you wondered about the type of tea her characters drank. Tea historian Bruce Richardson describes the tea habits of Jane Austen and her characters in Regency England.

How did tea get its name?

A Country House Teatime in Somerset, England."The thing we call a tea would taste just as sweet if we called it by any other name."How differently would the words of Juliet have sounded if only Shakespeare had known the beverage we call tea?  It's too bad that the Chinese beverage would not appear in London…

Teaspoon Etiquette of the 18th Century

Teaspoons played a very important part in the etiquette of tea drinking. The Prince de Broglie recorded how he was taught the complexities of etiquette while on a visit to England in 1782:“I partook of most excellent tea and I should be even now still drinking it, I believe, if the Ambassador had not charitably…