To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery

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Workman Publishing, Mar 15, 2012 - History - 414 pages
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From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles--just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details--plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette--To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.
 

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User Review  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

A narrowly focused history book reviewing the circumstances under which dozens of rich American girls married into English nobility in the late Victorian era. Informative for the amateur historian ... Read full review

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

Account of a social phenomenon; American ladies marrying British gentlemen in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the latter often titled but impoverished. Copiously illustrated but (by its nature) somewhat superficial. Still, an interesting insight into a vanished world. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CHAPTER 1 THE BUCCANEERS
5
CHAPTER 2 THE FAIR INVADERS
49
WHAT WILL YOU BID?
121
CHAPTER 4 MARRIED HEIRESSES
181
CHAPTER 5 THE NEW HEIRESSES
261
AN AMERICAN HEIRESS DIRECTORY
321
Index
371
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Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

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