“Bridgerton” Season 2 References Jane Austen and Shakespeare in Creative Ways


Watching the second season of “Bridgerton,” it’s clear that the people in charge of creating this sumptuous Regency feast know a lot about their source material. No, I don’t just mean Julia Quinn’s original “Bridgerton” novels, but also the work of two of the greatest romance authors of all time: Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. As Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) butt heads and try to fall in love, they walk in the footsteps of other iconic couples that came before them.

Austen set her stories in Regency England – just like “Bridgerton” – and wrote some of the most iconic romance novels of all time, like “Pride & Prejudice,” “Sense & Sensiblity,” and “Persuasion.” Unlike “Bridgerton,” those books were set almost entirely in the British countryside, showing only glimpses of life in London. But the show also references Shakespeare’s works like “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Much Ado About Nothing” in season two. Let’s break down all the references, shall we?

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