Dayton, Ohio Region

“Dueling and the Code of Honor in Jane Austen’s Time”
December 9, 2012

The Dayton, Ohio Region invites JASNA members to celebrate Jane Austen’s 237 birthday with a lunch from 11 AM to 3:30 PM on December 9, 2012. The celebration will take place in The Presidential Room at the Golden Lamb, 27 South Broadway (SR 48), Lebanon, Ohio 45036.

Pistol Packing Jane

We will have a talk by Carrie Bebris titled “Dueling and the Code of Honor in Jane Austen’s Time.”  Originally presented at the 2011 JASNA AGM in Fort Worth, the talk comes out of research Bebris did for her fourth Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery, The Matters at Mansfield. Or, The Crawford Affair.  (Given the number of enemies Henry Crawford has made by the end of Mansfield Park, one can imagine how he might become involved in a duel in Bebris’s novel).  Bebris will discuss the status and culture of dueling in the early 19th century, the protocols of arranging and carrying out a duel, and references to dueling in Austen’s novels.  Afterward, historical interpreter Kristopher Shultz, will demonstrate (in a safe manner) some dueling pistols and swords.

There will also be a Mini-Emporium.  Jane Austen Books will be on hand with their delightful variety of books and other materials related to Jane Austen and the England of her time.  Carrie Bebris will be signing her books, and Martha Caprarotta will be offering Regency note cards and JASNA Dayton brooches for sale.

The luncheon menu features Red Grape and Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich on Brioche with Fresh Fruit or Golden Egg Salad Sandwich on White Bread with Fresh Fruit. It also includes beverages and Carrot Cake for Jane’s Birthday.

The cost of the event is $25 for JASNA members and $28 for non-members.

To reserve a place, please send a check made out to JASNA Dayton by December 5 to:

     Meredith Stoehr
     86 Carmel Court
     Centerville, OH 45458

For questions contact Meredith at 937-434-7567 or

—Meredith Stoehr