The husband hunters: American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy

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"A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married impoverished, British gentry 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"--
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subject_facetAmericans -- Great Britain -- Biography
Americans -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- History
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Heiresses -- Great Britain -- Biography
Heiresses -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
title_displayThe husband hunters : American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy
title_fullThe Husband Hunters American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
The husband hunters : American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy / Anne de Courcy
The husband hunters : American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy [electronic resource] / Anne de Courcy
title_shortThe husband hunters
title_subAmerican heiresses who married into the British aristocracy
topic_facetAmericans
Aristocracy (Social class)
Biography & Autobiography
Heiresses
History
Nonfiction
Social life and customs