In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen wrote: “Money is the best recipe for happiness.” It’s a thought-provoking quote that is as relevant today as it was 204 years ago. Austen was known to have quite a few musings on the financial side of things. Inheritance, the economics of marriage and women’s dowries are all elements that run through her novels. But what does it mean in today’s world and exactly how wealthy was Mr Darcy?

Are we talking Daniel Day Lewis or Daniel O’Donnell? He was quite a catch when it came to his bank account. Darcy’s income of £10,000 in 1813 is equivalent to €740,000 today – and that was just 4% of his fortune.