To Marry an English Lord

To Marry an English Lord From the Gilded Age until than American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles just like Cora Crawley Countess of Grantham the first of the Downton Abbey characters Jul

  • Title: To Marry an English Lord
  • Author: Gail MacColl CarolWallace
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  • Page: 498
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  • From the Gilded Age until 1914, 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 detaFrom the Gilded Age until 1914, 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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    1. 5 stars for content. Great information. Loads of pictures. Kept me turning the pages (my anglophile-ecstasy-meter was in overdrive). Extra brownie points to the authors for their fulsome praise over how awesome American girls are were. Well, duh1 stars for the literary sadist formatting this book. Very frustrating layout. Annoying as all get-out.Giving it 4 stars since the content won out over the format. Plus, who doesn't like a trans-Atlantic romance with a titled Englishman?Julian Fellowes is [...]

    2. It's only three stars because, while I really enjoyed the majority of the book, the format and constant interruptions to the text took away some of the enjoyment. I also didn't technically read the entire thing since I just skimmed the bios and locations at the end. I want a book like this about the women but without the asides. It did make me finally purchase Five Sisters though.

    3. I am so disappointed in this book. I went looking for it (and it was later given to me as a gift) in part because Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, cited it as an inspiration. Now, I love Downton Abbey because of the well-spun insights into characters whose lives are only 100 years removed from mine, but seem so dramatically different, and was excited to see if I could find hints of Cora or Mary or Bates in any of the real people MacColl highlighted. This book contains lots of informati [...]

    4. The lack of editing, the mis-spellings, the lack of flow, the disorganization of information, the repetition, the too small illustrations, the repetition, and the boring writing style--really ruined a possible 4 star read! This books explains the set-up of Downton Abbey. The wealthy young American girls, that fled snobbish NYC for titles, and society. Many found poor marriages and despair. Yet, they had their daughters marry the same way as well. The topic is fascinating, but this book is just a [...]

    5. Fans of Downton Abbey and other Anglophiles will enjoy this book, which tells the stories of the American women who married into English aristocracy in the late-1800s. (Usually because the titled British families needed the money from wealthy Americans.) It's filled with photographs and interesting facts about their lives, such as how much it really cost to maintain a country estate, how difficult it was to run a household with servants and how wives adjusted to cold English society. It may spoi [...]

    6. If you want to better understand the novels of Edith Wharton and Henry James, to get the jokes of Charles Dana Gibson and Oscar Wilde, or just to enjoy the highbrow soap opera that is Downtown Abbey more deeply, this book will help. Covering the years between the end of the American civil war and the death of King Edward VII in 1910, this book gave me a fairly good understanding of why American heiresses were marrying titled Englishmen in droves (more than 100 did, including Winston Churchill's [...]

    7. 3.5/5 Or Heiress Moneybags, meet Lord Empty-Pockets.I've always thought the Gilded Age American heiresses chasing English Titles a fascinating phenomenon. I mean, really, what ever the fuck for? Dear Heiress, he's just gonna spend your money, and be a snob while doing it. Oh right, snobbery all around. Anyway, To Marry An English Lord has a whole lot of information, and it's an easy read that gives a fairly comprehensive picture of the period. That said, it's a very episodic book. Since there's [...]

    8. This book contains some pretty fascinating facts about the history of society life! I found this especially interesting since I lived in New York City for a few years - you kind of take for granted that something is called "Astor Place" but then to read about the actual Astor family that it is named after is something pretty cool. The photography was such a great enhancement of the facts, I loved putting faces and locations with the names. My only complaint would be that it jumped around chronol [...]

    9. Holy cow, was this book fascinating! Contrary to what bodice ripping romance novels would have you believe, it was NOT easy to marry an English Lord in the Victorian/Edwardian age, especially if you were an English girl! You had better luck if you were a rich American girl whose uber-wealthy (and not just by today's standards, either- these people were spending some MEGA MONEY) father was willing to open the purse in order to gain a bit more cachet at home. Really, this book has so much to offer [...]

    10. This book, a cultural history of American heiresses marrying English Lords, is just plain fun and fascinating. The Kindle version is currently on sale in the US, but To Marry an English Lord is so lavishly illustrated with photos and drawings on every page that I can’t imagine reading an ebook copy. By the late 1800’s--early 1900’s there was a growing number of young ladies in the US who had lots of family money, but who couldn’t break into proper American “Society” because being nou [...]

    11. I'm giving this book 5 stars, not because it is an example of outstanding literature, but because this book is like crack for anyone who can't get enough of the Mitfords, Langhorns, Curzons, et al. This book was full of lots of interesting pictures, trivia and info about the American heiresses who migrated to Great Britain at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries to marry into the British aristocracy. Their money enabled this old aristocratic (but short on cash) families to ref [...]

    12. Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.-Terry Pratchett, Feet of ClayI wasn't really sure what I was going to get here, since I just grabbed it off the shelf off the library because it looked interesting. The cover claims it's an inspiration for Downton Abbey, but I haven't seen that, so it didn't influence my reading of the book.But I did really like it. It was much different than I was expecting--instead of a dense text packed wit [...]

    13. Once upon a time there was a world when a young girl lived a stable, secure and predictable life. "The débutante, daydreaming in the dark parlor, could easily envision her future: two or three seasons of paying calls with Mama, looking at albums of Venice with young men at parties, blushingly sharing a hymnal at church, having her hand pressed meaningfully on the dance floor. A proposal, and marriage to an upstanding young banker or lawyer. Her own brownstone on a side street, and managing the [...]

    14. What fun! I was thrilled to see this book, which was the original inspiration for Downton Abbey, pop up in the Kindle store. This is a breezy, easy to read history of the generations of American heiresses who took Europe, and especially England, by storm. Full of beauty, charm, American confidence, and most all, American money, these women re-shaped the political and social landscape of Europe in ways that echoed well into the 20th century. From the original Buccaneers (including Winston Church [...]

    15. So much dataThis book seem to rely heavily on historical data and facts, more than primary sources. Some primary sources were used and that provided great context in spots. Mostly it felt like reading an almanac for the rich and famous, lots of names, dates and tidbits of the cost and value of dresses and houses and such. It felt like there could have been more context and continuity to weave a story -- there are so many characters involved it was really easy to lose track.

    16. Any Downton Abbey fan worth his or her salt would salivate at the chance to understand the backstories of the real women who inspired Downton’s popular character Lady Grantham. And so, my mom and I drove south toward the gulf as the lives of past American heiresses unfolded before us.Before listening to this book, all I knew about the hordes of American women who married into the British aristocracy was that hordes of American women married into the British aristocracy. This I ascertained from [...]

    17. The book is chock full of facts about ostentatious wealth and extravagance, about huge dowries of American money which protected many a broke English noble family from bankruptcy, about obscene amounts of money spent on clothing, interior decoration, and entertaining the Prince of Wales (who eventually became King Edward VII). The presentation of this abundance of information was not well-organized. Overall, the chapters seem to move forward in chronological order, but within each of the chapter [...]

    18. An entertaining, gossipy look at the phenomenon of American heiresses marrying titled British aristocrats, which took place from the 1870s to the early 1900s. Shut out by the old money society of New York epitomized by Caroline Astor's "400," these nouveau riche families sought out social acceptability across the Atlantic instead. They launched their pert, pretty, privileged daughters into a hidebound British society which at first balked at the girls as little more than savages, but soon came t [...]

    19. This book was packed full of info and quite readable, and I'm sure that my interests in Downton Abbey and Philippa Gregory novels would indicate to friends that I'd likely enjoy this sort of stuff. I had no idea the 1800s brought such a huge rush of newly rich Americans seeking royal or noble husbands for their heiress daughters, thus the huge numbers of young women off to Europe/UK. Interesting to note reasons why: ultra-snobbery NY society wouldn't accept the newcomers and so they found other [...]

    20. I loved this book! It was an Anglophiles dream! The text was so informative and gave us not only a fun and snappy version of the time, but a great narrative into he lives and outcomes of these American women. The loads of pictures also made me so happy because I got a better sense of the time and as everyone knows I enjoy loads of pictures in my histories. In addition I liked the directory at the end which gave us brief profiles of the many women featured. It helped me to separate and remember w [...]

    21. It's well documented that this was the book that inspired Downton Abbey. So, what can I say? If you like digging into the real life history behind the entertainment you'll probably enjoy this book.It explains why Anglo-American marriages were such a trend at the turn of the 20th century. It has to do with the Prince of Wales, the impoverished state of many British nobles, the perceived value of social status for the nouveaux riche, the snobbery of New York, and the cultural freshness of American [...]

    22. This was a fascinating, interesting look into the mass move of rich American heiress to marry into English families for title and social status. A broad view of life for the American "aristocracy' of the 1880s through the early 1900s gives a window into a lifestyle that many of us cannot fathom or truly understand today. This book is full of interesting tidbits, sidenotes and pictures. While it is an easy read, it was not a quick read so plan on spending some time with this book to really soak i [...]

    23. Fun and remarkably thorough history of "American heiress meets impecunious British lord." MacColl really seems to know the period--sharing gossip and warning of possible faux pas. At the end is an alphabetical list of heiresses with their background (ie how their fathers made their money) and who they married. Notable divorces and remarriages are included. Then, we are treated to a walking tour of the places that are notable in their relation to the women on the first list. Very well researched [...]

    24. This was a great book. Actually my favorite book I read this year. It's the book that the television show Downton Abbey was inspired from. True stories of American Heiresses seeking European titles and the near destitute European Aristocracy in need of American fortunes. Extremely fascinating. I want to read more about these women and their lives.

    25. This was a fun pictorial/anecdotal history of the wealthy young American women who traveled abroad to find love and marriage among European aristocrats. Filled with tibits of trivia involving fashion, etiquette, entertaining, courting, and other interesting topics related to the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

    26. I enjoyed the book. was eye opening to the world of the rich.Most of them led very shallow purposeless lives.They seem to center their lives on senseless pleasure.But well researched and written.

    27. Ever since I read D.V. by Vogue editrix Diana Vreeland in college I've been in love with this milieu: turn-of- to mid-20th Century continental Europe, and llarger than life personalities that inhabited it. I picked up French courtesan Liane de Pougy's My Blue Notebooks and Colette's works because of it; and this is also the reason why I loved Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.So yeah, what I'm saying is I really liked this book: an exhaustive, well-research, gossipy account of the American heiress [...]

    28. This review originally was posted on my blog here.Okay so I was actually recommended to this book by a podcast called The History Chicks (which I highly recommend). They were doing a podcast about The American Gilded Age heiresses who married into the British aristocracy (such as Winston Churchill’s mother). Just as a warning this book is out of print, and so it takes more determination to find it than a regular book. But I was able to find a used copy for $3 on Better World Books, so buying t [...]

    29. Just after the Civil War, New York City was run by an exclusive group led by Mrs Astor called the Knickerbockers, descendents of the original Dutch settlers. Though very wealthy, they chose to live relatively modestly. Any women who had an up-to-the-moment dress from Europe would put it away for a season or two, as wearing it during its first season was considered gauche. Society was a closed group, comprised solely of Mrs Astor's Four Hundred (the total that could fit into her ballroom), so tho [...]

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