To Marry An English Lord

To Marry An English Lord

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In 1895 nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt (railroads), LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), Rogers (oil), and Whitney (New York trolleys), married peers of the British realm--among them, a duke, an earl, three barons, and a knight. It was the peak year of a social phenomenon that began in the Gilded Age after the Civil War, and handed down the legacy of Anglomania, preppies, and the world of the television series, Downton Abbey .

In all, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles. Filled with a wealth of historical personalities, grand houses, gossipy anecdotes, and a feature called comme il faut-- the very finest points of etiquette that ruled Victorian and Edwardian society-- To Marry an English Lord is their story.

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.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2012
ISBN: 9780761171959
Branch Call Number: 974.71041 MacC 3558ad 1
Characteristics: x, 403 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Wallace, Carol 1955-
Cain, David 1951-


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Jun 17, 2017

Want to marry an English Lord?
This book explains the late nineteenth century methods
rich American girls employed to "gain
a British royal suitor".

ArapahoeKati Oct 21, 2016

Finally--a how-to guide so we can all marry well and rich. Very factual and informative and full of juicy tidbits about how the other half lives.

cash12345 Jun 04, 2014

This book gives excellent background information about English and American customs and rituals surrounding courtship and marriage of the wealthy in turn of the century Edwardian England. Essential for Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge fans.

EuSei Aug 07, 2012

An excellent book for research—being that it was extremely well research itself! Incidentally, the American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy, were ridiculed, belittled, yet, it was only thanks to their money that that very aristocracy was able to survive. According to the book, most marriages were not happy—yet even among British aristocracy marriages were of convenience and very seldom for love. But there was at least one very happy result: Winston Churchill! The book has also plenty of beautiful pictures. A must read. (Published again 8/7/12) NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

agenesis May 01, 2012

According to Dewey Diva Laureen, this book inspired Downton Abbey!

debwalker Mar 21, 2012

The real life sagas of American women who, like Downton's Cora, married "up" into the English aristocracy. Not all ended so happily.

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