The Other Knight Boys:Jane Austen’s Dispossessed Nephews

The Other Knight Boys:Jane Austen’s Dispossessed Nephews


The Knight boys began their lives as Austens…born into wealth and security. Now, for the first time,  the fascinating histories of Edward Austen Knight’s sons are brought together in one volume. The life trajectory of the heir and future squire is relatively familiar, but of the younger sons less has been uncovered and written. They are the other Knight boys and this is their story.



Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight’s six sons grew up in privilege in comparison to their now-famous aunt, but also learned sorrow early when they lost their beloved mother. We are fortunate that Jane Austen was able to bask in that privilege when visiting the family at Godmersham, and that she and her mother and sister were able to receive a place to live from Edward where Jane could finally settle down to write and publish. Austen was a loving and observant aunt, allowing us a window into the lives of her nieces and nephews in letters to her sister Cassandra.

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Weight 550 g


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