Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune : How Younger Sons Made Their Way in Jane Austen's England Hardback
by Rory Muir
A portrait of Jane Austen's England told through the career paths of younger sons-men of good family but small fortune In Regency England the eldest son usually inherited almost everything while his younger brothers, left with little inheritance, had to make a crucial decision: what should they do to make an independent living?
Rory Muir weaves together the stories of many obscure and well-known young men, shedding light on an overlooked aspect of Regency society.
This is the first scholarly yet accessible exploration of the lifestyle and prospects of these younger sons.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages, 8 pp color illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 06/08/2019
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780300244311