To Marry an English Lord

To Marry an English Lord

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Overview

“Marvelous and entertaining.” —Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey
 
Discover the true stories behind the women who inspired DowntonAbbey 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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761171959
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 126,095
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Marvelous and entertaining.” — Julian Fellowes, creator of DOWNTON ABBEY

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To Marry an English Lord 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable but a number of typos. Are all the copy editors out to lunch?
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
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.
mt256 on LibraryThing 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.
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Loved the history provided in this book
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I couldn't put the book down. So good!
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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.