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AMERICAN HEIRESSES TAKE ON THE PEERAGE

In 1895, nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt (railroads), LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), Rogers (oil) and Whitney (New York trolleys), married peers of the British realmoXamong 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, the Jet Set, even Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, offspring of...

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Overview

AMERICAN HEIRESSES TAKE ON THE PEERAGE

In 1895, nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt (railroads), LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), Rogers (oil) and Whitney (New York trolleys), married peers of the British realmoXamong 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, the Jet Set, even Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, offspring of such Anglo-American alliances. In all, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles. TO MARRY AN ENGLISH LORD is their story.

The book that's comme il faut

Tales of wealth and marriage, sex and snobbery, featuring:• Stuffy Old New York and Mrs. Astor's "400" Pushy Mamas, Wall Street Fathers & The Quest for Class• Edward, The Prince of Wales Who Loved Rich American Girls• The Marriage Contract, Keeping House in a Castle, Doing Your Wifely Duty: The Heir & the Spare• Complete with: the Parties, the Clothes, the Scandals, the Love Affairs, and 100-Year-Old Gossip That's Still Scorching

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"In your very flattering article about books that might please fans of Downton Abbey, I was sorry that one title was missing: To Marry an English Lord. . . . It is a marvelous and entertaining study." —-Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761171959
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 203,618
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

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Table of Contents

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

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Interesting, but hard to follow in the e-book version

    The book is very interesting, but as others have noted the editing is pretty bad (nook version at least).

    I also found the arrangement of the book kind of hard to follow, which may not be an issue in the print version. The stories were frequently Interupted by what I assume would be side bars in the print version, which were discussing a different set of people than what was being discussed in the main text. Because so many various couples were discussed this made it very difficult to keep track of who was who, and who was marrying who. The illustrations also didn't always seem to be inserted into the correct place in the text, and it would detract from the particular story.

    I'd recommend getting this book in the print version. Maybe it would be better edited and arranged.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Marry an English Lord

    Enjoyable but a number of typos. Are all the copy editors out to lunch?

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book, bad editing.

    The book was great, but as a previous reader noted the editing was terrible. I have the nook version, so unsure if this is true of the print version.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    It was easy reading and the stories are so fun to read about!

    It was easy reading and the stories are so fun to read about!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Entertaining

    This book was informative, easy reading. I liked the layout and that the author included numerous sidebar comments and facts in an eye-catching format This is a good book for readers who enjoyed the PBS miniseries Downton Abbey.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    Educational as well as entertaining!

    To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace is an introspective look into the lives of American heiresses who took over England by marrying into English society during the Victorian and Edwardian age. This book is also the inspiration behind the series, Downton Abbey.
    I can't begin to praise this book enough. It's not only informative and educational but it's also very entertaining. The authors did a wonderful job putting this book together. It has everything from loads of information to pictures, fashion to gossip, quotes to the inside scoop on what was what during this time period. Duke's and Earl's married American's basically for their money. American and English society were alike in some respects but also very different. The money, the right clothes didn't mean a whole lot until you knew the right people. Prince Edward was a great advocate to the American heiress. If they received his approval the heiress was golden.
    I'm absolutely fascinated by this time period. This book is a must have for people who want to find out more about this time period. It's well written and very informative. If you're looking for a book to read while you wait for the next season of Downton Abbey, this is the book for you.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Highly recommended especially if you want to watch or have been watching Downton Abbey!

    "To Marry an English Lord" is the history behind the goings on at the fictitious Downton Abbey, the highly acclaimed PBS series. This book is a must for understanding the why's and wherefor's and the social etiquette of the time. I started here and then moved on to watching past years of the series. It all makes much more sense as the book is very well written with details about New York and Newport families that are quite riveting and so very different from current social standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    I loved it!

    I loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Pretty good if you like that kind of thing

    This is not an in-depth coverage and there are a few points which I could argue with but generally accurate and a "good read." But I really like history. I think that one should often refer to Wikipedia or similar - it could lend depth. Oddly, Paran Stevens was a distant relative of mine and so I actually "know" some of these people.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Don't bother

    I love British history, literature, and Downtown Abbey. But I couldn't get through the poor editing and seemingly cut-and-paste set-up. Thought I might try again to read it, but, nah; too many other good books out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Don't bother...probably didn't read book.

    How could a fan spell Downton incorrectly?

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