With the Bennett sisters among her most famous creations, it comes as no surprise that Jane Austen left most of her worldly assets to her own sibling, according to her will published online today.
The novelist's last request was for her 'dearest' sister Cassandra to receive all of her possessions, worth around £800 (more than £27,000 today), spare the cost of her funeral, £50 - the equivalent of £1,700 in today's money - to her brother Henry and another £50 to his cook.
Austen's will was among a collection of thousands, including those of William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake, which were published online for the first time today.
According to his will, William Shakespeare left £150 (£14,400 today) to his daughter Judith in 1616, and famously decreed
that his 'second best bed' should go to his wife Anne.
Sir Francis Drake, who died of dysentery
at the age of 55 in January 1596, left £40 (£4,000 today) to the 'poor people' of Plymouth.
Miriam Silverman of Ancestry.co.uk said: 'These probate
records provide fascinating insight into the final fortunes of some of our nation's most famous names. They are an incredibly valuable family history resource, covering a period in history from which few official documents remain.'