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To marry an English Lord / by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace ; [illustrations by David Cain].

By: MacColl, Gail, 1954-.
Contributor(s): Wallace, Carol, 1955- | Cain, David, 1951- [illustrator.] | Wallace, Carol, 1955- [author.] | Cain, David, 1951- ill [author.] | Wallace, Carol, 1955- | Cain, David, 1951- | Wallace, Carol, 1955- | Cain, David, 1951- [ill] | Wallace, Carol Mcd, 1955-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2012Description: x, 403 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780761171959; 0761171959.Subject(s): Upper class -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century | Nobility -- England -- History -- 19th century | Marriage -- England -- History -- 19th century | Upper class New York (State) New York History 19th century | Nobility England History 19th century | Marriage England History 19th century | United States Social life and customs 1865-1918 Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs | England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1918DDC classification: 392.5086210942 | 974.71
Contents:
Prologue -- 1. Buccaneers (Old New York ; Rule Britannia ; Pushy mamas ; First marriages) -- 2. Fair invaders (A turn in the tide ; Audacity & innocence ; Siege of London ; Competition ; Poor peers ; Self-made girl's wedding) -- 3. American heiresses: What will you bid? (He stoops to conquer ; Plutocrats' daughters ; Match of the century ; She is now a duchess ; American aristocrat's wedding) -- 4. Married heiresses (Happily ever after ; American wives & English husbands ; Heir & the spare ; Châtelaine, or where the money went ; Survival of the fastest ; At long last, love) -- 5. The new heiresses (Vivat rex ; Entertaining Edward ; The last marriages ; Till death or the judge do us part: American heiress divorce ; Epilogue) -- An American heiress directory (Register of American heiresses ; Walking tour of the American heiresses' London).
"Tales of wealth and marriage, sex and snobbery"--Cover. -"An inspiration for the popular television series Downton Abbey"--Cover. -Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-370) and index. -Read about the American heiresses who invaded stodgy 19th century British aristocracy. The book covers not just who they were but the lows and the triumphs of their inter-continental marriages. Also included are many fascinating details on how they dressed and what they had to go through.
Summary: Read about a unique set of American women cutting a swarth through stodgy 19th century British aristocracy. The book covers not just who they were but the lows and the triumphs of their inter-continental marriages. Also included are many fascinating details on how they dressed and what they had to go through.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Marvelous and entertaining." --Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

Discover the true stories behind the women who inspired Downton Abbey 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.

"Tales of wealth and marriage, sex and snobbery"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-370) and index.

Prologue -- 1. Buccaneers (Old New York ; Rule Britannia ; Pushy mamas ; First marriages) -- 2. Fair invaders (A turn in the tide ; Audacity & innocence ; Siege of London ; Competition ; Poor peers ; Self-made girl's wedding) -- 3. American heiresses: What will you bid? (He stoops to conquer ; Plutocrats' daughters ; Match of the century ; She is now a duchess ; American aristocrat's wedding) -- 4. Married heiresses (Happily ever after ; American wives & English husbands ; Heir & the spare ; Châtelaine, or where the money went ; Survival of the fastest ; At long last, love) -- 5. The new heiresses (Vivat rex ; Entertaining Edward ; The last marriages ; Till death or the judge do us part: American heiress divorce ; Epilogue) -- An American heiress directory (Register of American heiresses ; Walking tour of the American heiresses' London).

"Tales of wealth and marriage, sex and snobbery"--Cover. -"An inspiration for the popular television series Downton Abbey"--Cover. -Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-370) and index. -Read about the American heiresses who invaded stodgy 19th century British aristocracy. The book covers not just who they were but the lows and the triumphs of their inter-continental marriages. Also included are many fascinating details on how they dressed and what they had to go through.

Read about a unique set of American women cutting a swarth through stodgy 19th century British aristocracy. The book covers not just who they were but the lows and the triumphs of their inter-continental marriages. Also included are many fascinating details on how they dressed and what they had to go through.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 The Buccaneers
  • Old New York
  • The Cut Direct
  • At Home on Washington Square
  • The Mrs. Astor
  • Rule Britannia
  • At Home on Berkeley Square
  • Their Noble Lordships
  • The London Season
  • Pushy Mamas
  • Words for Those on the Outside Wanting In
  • The Age of Revenge
  • Wall Street Father No. 1: The Sporting Man
  • The First Marriages
  • The Wilson Family Scorecard #1: May & Ogden
  • The Last Word
  • Chapter 2 The Fair Invaders
  • A Turn in the Tide
  • Calling-Card Protocol
  • The Wilson Family Scorecard #2: Orme & Carrie
  • The Big Showdowns
  • Audacity & Innocence
  • The Genius of Clothes
  • Wall Street Father No. 2: The Silent Partner
  • The Top Dollars
  • The Siege of London
  • The Flip Side: Queen Victoria's Court
  • Fifth Avenue Meets the Peerage
  • The Wilson Family Scorecard #3: Belle & Mungo
  • Miss Daisy Miller
  • The Competition
  • Points in Her Campaign
  • Poor Peers
  • Estate Drains
  • Rating a Mate
  • Darling Daisy
  • The Self-Made Girl's Wedding
  • Chapter 3 American Heiresses: What Will You Bid?
  • He Stoops to Conquer
  • The Other Astors
  • The Princess Diana Connection
  • Duke's Progress: The English Lord's American Journey
  • The Plutocrat's Daughters
  • The Louis Fixation
  • Wall Street Father #3: The Collector
  • The Match of the Century
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • The Newport Schedule
  • Doing the Continental
  • Annus Mirabilis
  • Let's Make a Deal
  • She Is Now a Duchess
  • The Heiress's Newport
  • The Wilson Family Scorecard #4: Grace & Neily
  • The American Aristocrat's Wedding
  • The Vanderbilt-Whitney Show
  • Chapter 4 Married Heiresses
  • Happily Ever After
  • Bringing Home the Bride
  • A Room with a View
  • American Wives & English Husbands
  • Jennie Gets Pinned
  • The Heir & the Spare
  • "I Baptize thee Albert Edward"
  • Chatelaine, or Where the Money Went
  • Upstairs, Downstairs
  • A Place for Everyone
  • Costume Changes
  • Survival of the Fastest
  • In the Public Domain
  • The Glitter & the Gold
  • Portrait of a Lady: Sitting to Sargent
  • At Long Last, Love
  • A Wealth of Love
  • Chapter 5 The New Heiresses
  • Vivant Rex
  • Thoroughly Modern Jennie
  • Earning a Title
  • The Great Durbar
  • Devonshire House Ball
  • Entertaining Edward
  • Taking the Measure
  • The Crowning Touch
  • Out of the Past
  • "I thought everyone must know"
  • The Last Marriages
  • Court Curtsey
  • "Are there any more like you at home?"
  • Till Death or the Judge Do Us Part: The American Heiress Divorce
  • Epilogue
  • "A Hanging Offense"
  • An American Heiress Directory
  • Register of American Heiresses
  • Other Distinguished 19-Century Englishmen with American Wives
  • Brothers Who Married Heiresses
  • Cousins Who Married Heiresses
  • Father-Son Duos
  • Once Is Not Enough!
  • The Bridesmaid Connection
  • Walking Tour of the American Heiresses-London
  • Bibliography/Selected Reading
  • Index