Women of fortune : money, marriage, and murder in early modern England /

"Women of Fortune tells the compelling story of mercantile wealth, arranged marriages, and merchant heiresses who asserted their rights despite loss, imprisonment, and murder. Following three generations of the Bennet and Morewood families, who made their fortune in Crown finance, the East Indi...

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Main Author: Peck, Linda Levy (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : prologue
  • 'The great man of Buckinghamshire' the Lord Mayor, the benefactor, and the moneylender : the Bennets
  • 'My personal estate which God of his infinite goodness hath lent me' the grocer's apprentice : the Morewoods
  • 'The £30,000 widow' and Kensington house : the Finches, the Cliftons, and the Conways
  • 'I was never one of fortune's darlings' city and country : the Gresleys
  • 'One of the greatest fortunes in England' : money, marriage and mobility : the Bennet heiresses
  • 'The most sordid person that ever lived' : the murder of Grace Bennet
  • 'The Countess of Salisbury who loved travelling' from Hatfield House to the grand tour : the Earl and Countess of Salisbury
  • 'A seventh son and beau major shall gain my Lady Salisbury' courting the countess : George Jocelyn
  • 'Diverse great troubles and misfortunes' losing a fortune : John and Grace Bennet
  • 'Fortune's darlings' single women in Hanoverian London : the Dowager Countess of Salisbury and Grace Bennet
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A : Hatfield house accounts 92/10 computation of Mrs. Bennet's personal estate.