When Jane Austen S Third Brother, Edward, Inherited The Estates Of His Rich Relatives, He Took On Their Surname, Knight, And He Took Control Of Property Scattered Across Five English Counties Jane Visited Her Brother At His Home In Kent, And She Spent Her Final Years In A Cottage He Owned In The Village Of Chawton In Hampshire From These Vantage Points, She Observed Edward S Approach To Managing His Estates And Learned About The Concerns And Activities Of Wealthy Landowners, Knowledge That Is Reflected In Her Novels Using Original Estate Books, Bank Records, Letters, And Other Archival Sources, Linda Slothouber Has Created The Most Detailed Portrait To Date Of Edward Knight With Edward As An Example, Along With Excerpts From Jane Austen S Novels, The Reader Discovers How The Landed Gentry Of Fact And Fiction Made Their Money, Tried To Ensure The Prosperity Of Their Heirs, And Interacted With Workers On Their Estates People At All Levels Of The Estate Economy Are Represented, With Profiles Of Specific Individuals That Jane Austen Would Have Known During Her Years In Chawton To Fully Understand The Social Criticism And Subtle Humor In Jane Austen S Novels, It Is Necessary To Understand Her World While The Pastimes Of The Gentry Are Often In The Foreground, The Business Of Estate Ownership Is An Essential Foundation Learn What Being Lord Of The Manor And Having Ten Thousand A Year Really Meant What Stewards, Bailiffs, Overseers, And Churchwardens Did Who Administered The Civic Affairs Of The Village How Attitudes Toward Natural Resources And Common Property Changed During Jane Austen S Lifetime And Why The Estate Owner, Though At The Top Of The Social Order Of The Village, Was Often Judged According To The Well Being Of His Humblest Cottagers. Slothouber did some serious, nitty gritty research for this one I just read another book on a similar topic in which I had been wishing the author indicated of the financial matters of country life, and Slothouber really does this, by following the money involved in Edward Knight s estate. Solid research I was hoping for a further look at finances within the Knight family itself, but this book spent time on the surrounding community Regardless, the subject is fascinating and I loved the detail she packs in.
- 120 pages
- Jane Austen, Edward Knight, & Chawton
- Linda Slothouber
- 24 December 2019 Linda Slothouber