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

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

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by Gail MacColl, Carol McD. Wallace
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9780761171980
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
414
Sales rank:
9,143
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

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To Marry an English Lord 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Snarlla More than 1 year ago
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.
sandraf93 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable but a number of typos. Are all the copy editors out to lunch?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was easy reading and the stories are so fun to read about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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.
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marvelousmzm More than 1 year ago
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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How could a fan spell Downton incorrectly?
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I loved it!
helensage More than 1 year ago
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.
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