It is a generally accepted truth that a younger son who has no wealth must be unemployed, so Jane Austen may have written.
This book is a fascinating study of the impact of the British Primogenitur tradition on Regency society, which found that the eldest son inherited the legacy and often left his brothers to go backward. What did that mean in practice for younger sons with a distinguished and aristocratic background, whose chances of continuing to live in the style they were used to depend on their employment prospects?
In this humane and carefully researched book, rich in individual stories, Rory Muir examines the various career opportunities offered to gentlemen who weren't that many if they wanted to maintain the caste. The Church, selected by Jane Austens Edward Ferrars in Se...
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.