Jane Austen’s novels were not, as occasionally claimed, “Mills and Boon for the posh.” Nor, indeed, were they limited to a very narrow section of society. She had plenty to say to all young women about the constraints of custom and convention, and the social and religious demands of the late Georgian period. Neither was she blind to topical issues, such as slavery, war, the church, and the theatre. We will examine these issues and consider her rational, sensible approach to courtship even if she did not take her own advice!