The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy

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St. Martin's Press #ad - A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, american heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – the real women who inspired Downton AbbeyTowards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain.

Based on extensive first-hand research, memoirs and letters, drawing on diaries, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached.

The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy #ad - The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that jennie jerome, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, the first known 'Dollar Princess', dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times.

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A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York

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Wiley #ad - The best of the best were caroline Astor's 400 families, and she shaped and ruled this high society with steel. A season of splendor is a panoramic sweep across this sumptuous landscape, the clothing, presenting the families, the wealth, the balls, and the mansions in vivid detail—as well as the shocking end of the era with the sinking of the Titanic.

Journey through the splendor and the excesses of the gilded age"every aspect of life in the Gilded Age took on deeper, transcendent meaning intended to prove the greatness of America: residences beautified their surroundings; works of art uplifted and were shared with the public; clothing exhibited evidence of breeding; jewelry testified to cultured taste and wealth; dinners demonstrated sophisticated palates; and balls rivaled those of European courts in their refinement.

A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York #ad - . The message was unmistakable: the United States had arrived culturally, and Caroline Astor and her circle were intent on leading the nation to unimagined heights of glory. From a season of splendortake a dazzling journey through the gilded age, steel magnates, the period from roughly the 1870s to 1914, established families met the nouveau riche headlong—railway barons, when bluebloods from older, and Wall Street speculators—and forged an uneasy and glittering new society in New York City.

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To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery in the Gilded Age

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Workman Publishing Company #ad - Sex, are all recalled in marvelous detail, clothes, affairs, snobbery, scandals, humor, social triumphs and gaffes, complete with parties, and 100-year-old gossip that’s still scorching.  . Filled with vivid personalities, dashing earls, grand houses, 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.

Marvelous and entertaining. Julian fellowes, and a rogers oil—who staked their ground in england, creator of downton Abbey   Discover the true stories behind the women who inspired DowntonAbbey and NBC’s The Gilded Age, a LaRoche pharmaceuticals, the heiresses—including a Vanderbilt railroads, swapping dollars for titles and marrying peers of the British realm.

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When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age

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Penguin Books #ad - In this marvelous anecdotal history, justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior.

Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, history, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure .

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The Million Dollar Duchesses

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Aurum Press #ad - Though the preceding months had included spurned loves, the wedding was the crowning moment for the unofficial marriage brokers, unexpected deaths, the original buccaneers who had instructed, scandal and illicit affairs, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, cajoled and manipulated wealthy young heiresses into making the perfect match.

The transatlantic marriage bureau dashes through the year to uncover the seasons, the money, the parties, the gossip, the glamour, the scandal and the titles, always with one eye on the two women who made it all possible. Focusing on a single year, the transatlantic Marriage Bureau tells the story of a group of wealthy American heiresses seeking to marry into the English aristocracy.

Also revealed is the hidden role played lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, two unofficial marriage brokers who taught the heiresses how to use every social trick in the book to land their dream husband. On 6 november 1895 consuelo vanderbilt married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough.

The Million Dollar Duchesses #ad - Fame, money, prestige, power, perhaps even love – these were some of the reasons for the marriages that took place between wealthy American heiresses and the English aristocracy in 1895. From the beautiful and eligible debutante consuelo vanderbilt, in love with a dashing older man but thwarted by her controlling mother, Maud Burke, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background, Washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married the pompous Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, this book uncovers their stories.

For a few, infidelity, the matches brought loneliness, the marriages were happy but for many others, bankruptcy and divorce.

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The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess---in Her Own Words

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St. Martin's Press #ad - The glitter and the gold is a richly enjoyable memoir is a revealing portrait of a golden age now being celebrated every week behind the doors of Downton Abbey. A new edition of consuelo vanderbilt balsan's memoir—the story of the "real" Lady Grantham of Downton AbbeyConsuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and heir to a vast fortune.

She sailed to england as the duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home—Blenheim Palace. She was also in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to marry an English Duke. Balsan is an unsnobbish and amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both upstairs and downstairs and a revealing witness to the glittering balls, and major state occasions she attended or hosted chronicling her encounters with every important figure of the day—from Queen Victoria, huge weekend parties, Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas and the young Winston Churchill.

The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess---in Her Own Words #ad - . She was the real american heiress who lived long before Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham arrived. Mme.

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The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters

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Harper Perennial #ad - We obtain fresh perspectives on such personalities as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Oswald Mosley, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set, and Lord Halifax. The middle, cimmie, was a Labour Party activist turned Fascist. Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of three spirited and wilful women who were born at the height of British upper-class wealth and privilege.

The oldest, alcohol, Irene, never married but pursued her passion for foxes, and married men. And baba, the youngest and most beautiful, possessed an appetite for adultery that was as dangerous as it was outrageous. As the sisters dance, dine, and romance their way through England's most hallowed halls, we get an intimate look at a country clinging to its history in the midst of war and rapid change.

The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters #ad - And we discover a world of women, impeccably bred and unabashedly wilful, whose passion and spirit were endlessly fascinating.

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Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort

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Wiley #ad - The astors, doris duke, jfk and jacqueline kennedy onassis, Edith Wharton, the Vanderbilts, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow are just a few of the many names who have called the city home. Many of the country's most famous blueblood families?the closest thing we have to royalty?have lived and summered in Newport since the nineteenth century.

Through a narrative filled with engrossing characters and lively tales of untold extravagance, Davis brings the resort to life and uncovers the difference between rich and Newport rich along the way. An engrossing multigenerational saga that tells the real story of the rich and famous in NewportVibrant, praiseworthy writing: "Davis brings splendidly colorful behind-the-scenes action and players up front" the New York Times on Party of the Century34 evocative black-and-white photographsWritten with insight and dramatic flair, Gilded gives you a rare peek into the cloistered coastal playground of America's moneyed elite.

Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort #ad - A beautifully written history of high society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed author of Party of the CenturyNewport is the legendary and beautiful home of American aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich. Gilded takes you along as you explore the fascinating heritage of the Newport elite, from its first colonists to the newest of its new millennium millionaires, showing the evolution of a town intent on living in its own world.

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The Buccaneers

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Penguin Books #ad - At the suggestion of their clever governess, where they marry lords, the girls sail to London, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful. After wharton's death in 1937, "if it could have been completed, The Christian Science Monitor said, The Buccaneers would doubtless stand among the richest and most sophisticated of Wharton's novels.

Now, with wit and imagination, Marion Mainwaring has finished the story, taking her cue from Wharton's own synopsis. It is a novel any Wharton fan will celebrate and any romantic reader will love. George and guy thwarte, an American heiress and an English aristocrat, whose love breaks the rules of both their societies.

The Buccaneers #ad - Set in the 1870s, the same period as wharton's the age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. This is the richly engaging story of Nan St.

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Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

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William Morrow #ad - The family patriarch, "the commodore, " built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth.

. Fortune's children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance.

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