Unmarried Women of the Country Estate written by Charlotte Furness and published by Pen and Sword Books £15.99 – Hardback – Pages 170.

This book looks at the lives of four women from 1608 to 1949, the four women are Elizabeth Isham, Anne Robinson, Anne Lister and Rosalie Chichester. The main reason around this book is that none of them got married, a good reason but slightly surprising when historically it always seems women were either directed to marry someone or they were co-ersed into marriage. These women were women of standing too, from noble families or country houses. In this book each chapter is dedicated to each woman and looks at how strong they were and how they lived their lives and how they weren’t timid, little women characters at all.

From reading this book I can honestly say I learnt quite a bit more than I expected, I would say that we learn more of our knowledge about history from what we see on television. But this book was very informative, clear and quite enlightening. The women in this book didn’t marry for bad or poor reasons, they didn’t marry for important and heartfelt reasons, which I should really say as to ruin the book for others. But these are all strong women who had other important reasons to follow instead. A really good book and the people were chosen well, it wasn’t the stereotypical book that it could have been. In fact another book of other women would be good, or maybe choose women that did marry for various reasons. An enjoyable book which felt like an important but valued read. Well done to the author Charlotte Furness.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.