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To Marry an English Lord (1989)

av Gail MacColl, Carol McD. Wallace

Andra författare: David Cain (Illustratör)

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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.… (mer)

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The history and dresses behind the Downton Abbey TV series.

I love the history and information in this book, and I loved the number of photos and images included, they really helped bring history and stories more to life and there were a LOT of them. The more the better...usually.

I was not a fan of the overall format and layout of the images and the side bubbles of stories. You would be on a roll reading an engaging story and then turn the page and instead of what you were reading you would have a page or two of photos and illustrations often not about what you were just reading. And then it would go back to your story. This made it very difficult at times to keep things straight and made the photos mean less because they were so annoying.

To fans of the period or the shows Downton Abbey, there is still a lot of value in this book, especially if you just want to have it to reference once in a while. I did learn new things and I really enjoyed seeing images of the dresses referred to in the text but I have no cohesive sense of what I read. If you are looking for a more serious history book or a more coherent story, I'd say skip it. ( )
  Kellswitch | Sep 26, 2020 |
An interesting window into a time when New York Society ruled the U.S. and those who were shut out of it chose to go across the ocean to England to find titled husbands. This was helped by the fact that the U.S. allowed daughters to inherit while English law permitted only male inheritance. Therefore, destitute noblemen could look to American heiresses to ease their debts in ways that English women could not. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Aug 23, 2017 |
At first I was impressed w/ the glitter & lifestyles, but then I read about how awful country life could be; MacColl doesn't really go into to the relationships of the rich imported heiress & their new staid English servants, but it could not have been easy nor would it have been easy getting along w/ in-laws...

It was amazing to learn that after many couples had their heir, they began multiple or long-term affairs and no one blinked an eye: going so far as to have house parties where both lovers were invited.

...and one could almost feel badly for them, until one reads about the wild parties both in & out of London & the flagrant waste of money, especially when entertaining Edward VII & Alexandra. The women had no less than 4-6 changes of clothing per day and during a house party (whether it be overnight or several days) no one ever wore the same thing twice. The one redeeming factor was that all leftover food was given either to the village or the London poor.

Families covered included: Astor, Vanderbuilt, Wadsworth, Pfizer, Post, Pinchot, Leiter (Curzon), Jerome (Churchill), Hammersley (Churchill-Marlborough), Golet, Colgate, & Burbank; to name a few.

The book itself was amazingly interesting, but oddly put together....

I really dislike being in the middle of something only to have it interrupted on the next 1-2 pages with an inserted anecdote or informative blurb; I find it more than distracting & irritating. The paper was stark white w/ small print, so at times it was difficult to read.

There were too many asides and the stories of the heiresses were broken up & strewn about from one chapter to the next, which was why I only gave this 3 stars. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Aug 10, 2017 |
Really enjoyed this look at the American bridal invasion into the British aristocracy during the late 1800's. Great photos and illustrations enhanced the well written text. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
I loved this book! The authors did a great job of giving the reader all sorts of information; not only on the trend of poor English lord marrying rich American heiress, but also the social rules and etiquette in American and England. The one criticism I have is about the layout. There is so much information and in between chapters there were too many inserts. Other than that, it is a fun read and a must for the anglophiles! ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
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"Large fortunes were made in post-Civil War America. Young heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but very short of cash. Nancy Astor and Jennie Churchill are the most famous of more than 100 of these trans-Atlantic brides. This light-hearted bit of social history is lavishly illustrated and bedecked with sidebars and boxes of charts, lively quotes, and other supplementary material. A full register of these enterprising young ladies and a "Walking Tour'' are included. Not only fun, but a definitive round-up of the players."
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For Peter Jarrett, my very own English husband with love and thanks. G.L.M.; With affectionate respect to the memories of Mrs. Wharton and Mr. James. C. McD W.
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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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