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Titled Americans, 1890: A list of American ladies who have married foreigners of rank
     

Titled Americans, 1890: A list of American ladies who have married foreigners of rank

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by Chauncey M Depew
 

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Perfect for all Downton Abbey fans, this is the 1890 book behind the marriage of Lord and Lady Grantham. In an age when securing a prudent match was all-important for both sexes, Titled Americans offered a glance guide to recent high society marriages and a list of eligible bachelors who were still on the lookout for love. It explores and explains the trend for

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Perfect for all Downton Abbey fans, this is the 1890 book behind the marriage of Lord and Lady Grantham. In an age when securing a prudent match was all-important for both sexes, Titled Americans offered a glance guide to recent high society marriages and a list of eligible bachelors who were still on the lookout for love. It explores and explains the trend for well-heeled European gents selecting American wives, discusses the relative merits of attaching oneself to an American or an English girl (Â??the American girl comes along, prettier than her English sister, dazzling and audacious, and she is a revelation to the EnglishmanÂ??), and examines in detail the various titled families of Europe. Included to "arouse the ambition of the American girlÂ??, there is a list of unmarried English Peers, making this a fantastic glimpse of the stately homes, relative fortunes and social lives of the glamorous English and American upper-classes at the turn of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783660056
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/20/2013
Series:
Old House
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
798,694
File size:
8 MB

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Selected excerpts from the Introduction:

It has been estimated that 454 American heiresses married European aristocrats in the late nineteenth-century, and thus acquired, at considerable  expense, hereditary titles of nobility. 136 bagged Earls or Counts, 42 married princes, 17 married dukes, 19 married viscounts, 33 married marquises, and there are 46 wives of baronets and knights, and 64 baronesses.
         
People were indeed curious about such fairy-tale marriages. In the last two or three decades of the nineteenth-century, there had been an explosion of press interest in the doings of the wealthy.

The most astringent view of these golden marriages came from those who assumed that there were financial transactions and substantial dowries behind such marriages. One estimate suggested that as much as $50,000,000 might have accompanied the American brides as they sailed across the Atlantic for their new lives in the  decayed and impoverished estates of the great aristocratic families. Other estimates put the total financial cost of the transatlantic marriages at a significantly higher figure.

And when everything was settled, it was time to bring in the lawyers for a “long and legal and messy” consideration of the settlement, especially taking into account the different legal frameworks which applied to the property of married women in the United States (where a bride retained her property and wealth) and Great Britain (where husbands assumed unrestricted control over the wealth and property of the women they married). There was much to negotiate. And when the families’ objections seemed interminable, it was sometimes necessary to force their hands.

Behind the simple lists of aristocratic marriages in Titled Americans there is a world of complexity, scandal, family problems and financial and legal concerns. There was sufficient drama in such marriages to keep society gossips happy.

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