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30
Apr

Elizabeth Knight: A Woman to be Reckoned With

Discover more about Elizabeth Knight - the only woman to have presided over Chawton House in a Talk by Alison Daniels

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A Talk by Alison Daniels.

Back by popular demand, discover more about Elizabeth Knight - the only woman to have presided over Chawton House. A formidable character, she refused to relinquish control in an age when wives had no legal identity of their own.

Elizabeth Knight (1674-1737) was a woman to be reckoned with. Through a combination of family deaths and alack of male relatives, she inherited a number of large estates in the south of England - including Chawton House. Wealthy, powerful and very much in the mould of Jane Austen's great landowning female characters like Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs Ferrars, Knight made sure that she was in charge of her land, refusing to hand over control to either of her husbands in an age when wives had no legal or economic identity of their own.

This fun and illuminating talk will introduce you to a woman who actively exploited the changing social landscape of the early eighteenth century to her own advantage, knew how to manipulate the parliamentary electoral system two hundred years before the Suffragettes' campaign gave women in the vote and may well have inspired England's best-loved novelist, Jane Austen.

6:30 arrival and drinks. 7:00pm start

Event Details

Date/Time

Thursday 30 April 2020, from 6:30pm until 8pm

Location

Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

Admission

£12 (£10 Friends)

Further information

More details are available from the website https://chawtonhouse.org/whats-on/elizabeth-knight-a-woman-to-be-reckoned-with-2/

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