Bracebridge Hall

Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)

Famed American humorist and essayist Washington Irving published a series of short pieces entitled "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman" in 1815. Included in that collection were the chapters which later formed the standalone work "Old Christmas." This wonderful book introduced the world to Bracebridge Hall, the ancestral home of the Bracebridges, an old English family that lived according to the customs of those who were "unto the manor born." "Bracebridge Hall" is a follow-up to "Old Christmas" which looks at the lifestyle of the rich, country dwellers, their servants, friends and neighbors. The daily lives and adventures of this peculiar population of early 1800's England forms the foundation upon which the episodes explored in "Bracebridge Hall" is built. Washington Irving wrote the book based upon his own experiences visiting England and the very real Bracebridge Family with whom he spent much time. - Summary by Greg Giordano

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface & The Hall Greg Giordano
00:08:17
Play 02 The Busy Man Greg Giordano
00:11:39
Play 03 Family Servants Maria Kasper
00:13:52
Play 04 The Widow Maria Kasper
00:08:07
Play 05 The Lovers Greg Giordano
00:07:29
Play 06 Family Reliques Greg Giordano
00:10:49
Play 07 An Old Soldier Maria Kasper
00:07:54
Play 08 The Widow's Retinue Maria Kasper
00:07:00
Play 09 Ready-Money Jack Greg Giordano
00:12:38
Play 10 Bachelors Greg Giordano
00:08:03
Play 11 A Literary Antiquary Maria Kasper
00:11:37
Play 12 The Farm-House Maria Kasper
00:08:34
Play 13 Horsemanship Greg Giordano
00:10:01
Play 14 Love Symptoms Greg Giordano
00:06:40
Play 15 Falconry Maria Kasper
00:08:23
Play 16 Hawking Maria Kasper
00:12:39
Play 17 Fortune-Telling Greg Giordano
00:11:03
Play 18 Love-Charms Greg Giordano
00:09:11
Play 19 A Bachelor's Confessions Maria Kasper
00:08:22
Play 20 Gipsies Maria Kasper
00:09:35
Play 21 Village Worthies Greg Giordano
00:06:20
Play 22 The Schoolmaster Greg Giordano
00:12:29
Play 23 The School Maria Kasper
00:06:54
Play 24 A Village Politician Maria Kasper
00:09:27
Play 25 The Rookery Greg Giordano
00:15:16
Play 26 May-Day Greg Giordano
00:22:12
Play 27 The Culprit Maria Kasper
00:14:29
Play 28 Lovers' Troubles Maria Kasper
00:10:45
Play 29 The Wedding Greg Giordano
00:19:42