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Unmarried Women of the Country Estate (Hardback)

Four Stories from 17th-20th Century

British History P&S History Social History Women of History Tudors & Stuarts 20th Century 18th Century 17th Century 19th Century

By Charlotte Furness
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526704382
Published: 30th August 2020

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As the fight for women’s rights continues, and whilst men and women alike push for gender equality around the globe, this book aims to introduce readers to four women who, in their own way, challenged and defied the societal expectations of the time in which they lived.

Some chose to be writers, some were successful business women, some chose to nurture and protect, some travelled the globe, some were philanthropists. Each one made the conscious decision not to marry a man.

Elizabeth Isham of Lamport Hall, Ann Robinson of Saltram, Anne Lister of Shibden Hall and Rosalie Chichester of Arlington Court. These are elite women, all connected to country houses or from noble families throughout the UK, and this book explores to what extent privilege gave them the opportunity to choose the life they wanted, thus guiding the reader to challenge their own beliefs about elite women throughout history.

This book is unique in that it brings the stories of real historical women to light – some of which have never been written about before, whilst also offering an introduction to the history of marriage and societal expectations of women.

Starting in 1609 and travelling chronologically up to 1949, with a chapter for each woman, this book tells their remarkable stories, revealing how strong, resilient and powerful women have always been.

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About Charlotte Furness

Charlotte Furness was born and raised in Huddersfield West Yorkshire.


After completing a BA in English, and an MA in Country House Studies at the University of Leicester, she started a career in heritage, working for English Heritage, Lamport Hall, Harewood House, Temple Newsam House, Renishaw Hall and more.


She now works as a full-time writer and heritage historian, exploring women’s history and the history of the country house.

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