In this post we hear from the 2018 whn book prize winner dr briony mcdonagh about her monograph elite women and the agricultural landscape 1700 1830 the book and the related research project emerged out of a realisation that there was shockingly little written about the women who owned and improved large landed estates. Briony mcdonagh estimates that over 10 per cent of land in georgian britain was owned by female landowners assuming her sample of 250000 acres to be representative of broader patterns and trends mcdonagh surmises that somewhere in excess of 3 million acres in england were owned by women in the later eighteenth century and more than 6 million acres in great britain as a whole p 27. Elite women and the agricultural landscape has won several prizes including briony mcdonagh is a historical and cultural geographer at the university of hull uk she has published widely on the british rural landscape on womens histories and historical geographies and on the geographies of protest property and the commons . Notes from elite women and the agricultural landscape 1700 1839 by briony mcdonagh p 25 there is considerable uncertainty about the actual scale of womens property ownership a handful of studies have used rentals and leases to examine female landholding within small groups of manors or parishes. Drawing on examples from across georgian england elite women and the agricultural landscape 1700 1830 offers a detailed study of elite womens relationships with landed property specifically as they were mediated through the lens of their estate management and improvement this highly original book provides an explicitly feminist
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