To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started

To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780894809392
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/09/1989
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.

Table of Contents




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



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



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



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



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


"A Hanging Offense"


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


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From the Publisher

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

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To Marry an English Lord Or How Anglomania Really Got Started 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
beadinggem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful read about a unique set of American women cutting a swarth through stodgy 19th century British aristocracy. The book covers not just who they were but the lows and the triumphs of their inter-continental marriages. Also included are many fascinating details on how they dressed and what they had to go through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is in love with all things English , or just the gilded age, this is a delightful, page turner !! Full of photos, newspaper cartoons of the era , and so much more, it is the Best biography/book on the subject . Princess Diana had an American great-grandmother, and Winston Churchill's mother was also American , all of their facinating ( and sometimes shocking ) , stories are here . Caution : you may laugh out loud while reading this book !! This is a book to place on the re-read shelf !