Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune

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How Younger Sons Made Their Way in Jane Austen's England

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.


  • Paperback ? : ? 400 pages
  • Dimensions ? : ? 1.27 x 0.31 x 1.97 cm