But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. . . . I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Source: Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1817)