Want to marry an English Lord?
This book explains the late nineteenth century methods
rich American girls employed to "gain
a British royal suitor".
Finally--a how-to guide so we can all marry well and rich. Very factual and informative and full of juicy tidbits about how the other half lives.
This book gives excellent background information about English and American customs and rituals surrounding courtship and marriage of the wealthy in turn of the century Edwardian England. Essential for Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge fans.
An excellent book for research—being that it was extremely well research itself! Incidentally, the American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy, were ridiculed, belittled, yet, it was only thanks to their money that that very aristocracy was able to survive. According to the book, most marriages were not happy—yet even among British aristocracy marriages were of convenience and very seldom for love. But there was at least one very happy result: Winston Churchill! The book has also plenty of beautiful pictures. A must read. (Published again 8/7/12) NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.
According to Dewey Diva Laureen, this book inspired Downton Abbey!
The real life sagas of American women who, like Downton's Cora, married "up" into the English aristocracy. Not all ended so happily.
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