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

Rory Muir


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? This book begins with an exploration of the complicated relations between siblings during the Regency era, given the privileged position of the eldest son in the family. Not all gentlemen were rich; indeed, many had little money of their own and had to pursue a career. The eldest son would normally inherit the family estate, while the daughters and younger sons would receive no more tha ... More

Keywords: Regency England, inheritance, Regency society, young men, sons, younger brother

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300244311
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300244311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rory Muir, author
University of Adelaide