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The Primogeniture Blues | History today

The Primogeniture Blues | History today

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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...