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Primogeniture and Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jane Austen’s time, primogeniture was no longer the law of the land, but it remained a strongly entrenched custom of inheritance proceedings. Breaking apart large landholdings were frowned upon. An impoverished aristocracy, whose wealth rested in the agricultural realm, … Continue reading

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“Lord Radcliffe’s Best Friend” Releasing This Friday, September 10 + a Giveaway

One of the plot points of my latest release, “Lord Radcliffe’s Best Friend” revolves around the Enclosure Acts. What were they?   In England and Wales from the 12th Century forward enclosure (or inclosure) was a common practice. Before enclosure, … Continue reading

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The Practice of Enclosure of Open Lands in England and Wales

 In England and Wales from the 12th Century forward enclosure (or inclosure) was a common practice. Before enclosure, much of the land was only used during the growing season. Once the harvest took place, the was at the disposal of … Continue reading

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The “Skinny” on Abdicating a Title During the Regency Era

Many times in Regency-based novels we have the situation where for one reason or another, the hero refused the title he has inherited and “abdicates” his new peerage. The question is whether this is a viable plot line.  The answer … Continue reading

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A Widow’s Stipend, Jointures, Dower, Settlements, and Dowry. Which is Which in the Regency?

  English Common Law provided a widow a life interest in one-third of the freehold lands her husband owned at the time of their marriage. She could not be denied these rights unless she was found guilty of treason, felony, … Continue reading

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“The Mistress of Rosings Park” Has Arrived!

Today, my latest book baby takes its first breath. I am hoping my faithful readers will enjoy this latest tale of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Before I share an excerpt, permit me to give you some of the background. First, … Continue reading

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Female Inheritance and the Release of “The Mistress of Rosings Park” + a Giveaway

Under English law, women were subordinate to their husbands. It was expected that the woman was under the “protection and influence of her husband, her baron, or lord.” The law stated the old adage of “two shall become one.” She … Continue reading

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“Kinks” in the Peerage Laws in Great Britain

First, and foremost, one must understand the creation of peerages is a royal prerogative. Letters patent are used exclusively now for this task, but this was not always so. Letters patent are a form of open or public proclamation and a … Continue reading

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How Did Debrett’s Come By The Information Listed in “The New Peerage”?

I had an author friend send me an email question recently. She wanted to know if a man (her hero) had been married for some time, how well known would the marriage be to others in Society? Could he go … Continue reading

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Female Inheritance Laws + an Excerpt from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

Under English law, women were subordinate to their husbands. It was expected that she was under the “protection and influence of her husband, her baron, or lord.” The law stated the old adage of “two shall become one.” She was … Continue reading

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