To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery in the Gilded Age

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Workman Publishing, Mar 15, 2012 - History - 416 pages
“Marvelous and entertaining.” —Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

Discover the true stories behind the women who inspired DowntonAbbey and NBC’s The Gilded Age, the heiresses—including a Vanderbilt (railroads), a LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), and a Rogers (oil)—who staked their ground in England, swapping dollars for titles and marrying peers of the British realm. Filled with vivid personalities, grand houses, dashing earls, and a wealth of period details and quotes on the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette, To Marry an English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible. Sex, snobbery, humor, social triumphs (and gaffes), are all recalled in marvelous detail, complete with parties, clothes, scandals, affairs, and 100-year-old gossip that’s still scorching.
 

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User Review  - JenniferRobb - LibraryThing

An interesting window into a time when New York Society ruled the U.S. and those who were shut out of it chose to go across the ocean to England to find titled husbands. This was helped by the fact ... Read full review

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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

At first I was impressed w/ the glitter & lifestyles, but then I read about how awful country life could be; MacColl doesn't really go into to the relationships of the rich imported heiress & their ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1 The Buccaneers
5
Chapter 2 The Fair Invaders
49
What Wil You Bid?
121
Chapter 4 Married Heiresses
181
Chapter 5 The New Heiresses
261
An American Heiress Directory
321
BibliographySelected Reading
367
Index
371
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Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

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