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Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune: How Younger Sons Made Their Way in Jane Austen's England

Rory Muir



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Yale University Press
15 August 2019
History; British & Irish history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Social & cultural history
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.
By:   Rory Muir
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780300244311
ISBN 10:   0300244312
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   15 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Rory Muir is a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide and a renowned expert on British history. His books include Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon and his two-part biography of Wellington, which won the SAHR Templer Medal.

Reviews for Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune: How Younger Sons Made Their Way in Jane Austen's England

Energetic and scholarly - Paula Byrne, The Times Muir gives us plenty of detail - numbers recruited at different periods, premiums paid and salaries earned - he illuminates the hard facts with vignettes of actual lives lived -Richard Francis, Spectator A readable book - Jonathan Guthrie, Financial Times Meticulously researched and eminently readable -Fergus Butler-Gallie, Literary Review Jane Austen's brothers are among the examples considered here, as the options are explored in fascinating detail - Discover Britain [Rory Muir] writes eloquently and entertainingly about his subject matter, giving anecdotal detail alongside the financial, and so brings these men and their careers to life - Matilda Harden, The Georgian

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