The Husband Hunters

American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy

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Publisher Description

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 Abbey

Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. 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, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, 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. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2018
August 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
35.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Shirlsan ,

Don’t let the title fool you- this is more historical than novel

I LOVED the way the history of the wealthiest American families is interwoven in this book. Also how New York City started to be fleshed out from farms into the grand city it has become through real estate developments from these families.
This book is not about husband hunting- it’s an eye opening account of the way the wealthiest American families entertained themselves and spent their fortunes, which happened to include having their daughters marry for titles.

It even sprinkled a bit of feminist history including the actual first woman to run for presidency.

If you love history it’s a great read.

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