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  1. says:

    In the late Victorian and Edwardian eras 1870 to 1914 , a number of American girls wed British nobles This is the tale of five heiresses of the time who each married a British duke Consuelo Yznaga, a woman so free spirited that she attended a dance without a corset on, was the first At 18, she caught the attention of George Victor Drogo Montagu, always called Kim, the future Duke of Manchester, then 23 years old Their engagement was scandalously short the usual length was a year , and after the newspapers had finished their frenzied coverage of the wedding, they sailed for England His parents were less than pleased with their new daughter in law Soon, Consuelo was less than pleased with Kim He came from a culture that prized the veneer of respectability over actual monogamy, whereas she was utterly shocked at his philandering Unable to depend upon her new husband and in laws for emotional support or faithfulness, she turned her burbling laugh and prankster spirit to high society Soon, she had New York Society in the palm of her hand, and shortly after became King Edward s close friend She took lovers for herself, inherited even money, and despite her husband and son s problems seems to have ended her life having spent it with sparkling talk, hearty humor, and a great deal of fun She was the model for Conchita Closson in Edith Wharton s The Buccaneers.Lilian Price was born into the middle class, not particularly well educated or cultured She married the wealthy Louis Hammersley at twenty five, and four years later was left a very wealthy widow Then she married George Charles Spencer Churchill, Duke of Marlborough They were utterly unlike she was kind but not in the least intellectual, while he knew Urdu, higher mathematics, was a great believer in Edison and spent his time in chemical and metallurgic experiments And love affairs Lily quickly realized that no matter how much money or affection she showered on her ducal groom, he would never love her back He was dead within four years of their wedding, too, and Lily was left once a widow Her kindly, maternal nature is clear in that her step children and in laws looked on her as a member of the family ever after Her step nephew, btw, was Winston Churchill Last of all she married Lord William de la Poer Beresford, who loved her passionately, used her fortune to buy race horses, and abruptly died five years into their marriage Lily died a few years later Not a particularly entrancing heroine.Consuelo Yznaga s goddaughter, Consuelo Vanderbilt, was raised in strict seclusion by her mother Alva Vanderbilt, who intended to use her to get into high society She fell in love with Winthrop Rutherfurd, but was forced to marry Sunny Spencer Churchill Lilian Price s late husband s son The young Duke of Marlborough was soft and frail, interested in clothes than women, but most of all interested in maintaining Blenheim and his pomp and image as Duke It was a loveless marriage, made worse when Consuelo became deaf at age 25 from an ear infection She separated from Sunny, increased her travels, and then became a committed social worker, philanthropist, and feminist She spent the rest of her life using her title and riches to fight for the well being of the poor and women s suffrage Eventually she married again, this time for love, and wrote an autobiography, The Glitter and the Gold.Helena Zimmerman was a physically fit, mentally stubborn heiress who pressured her father into letting her marry Consuelo Yznaga s son Kim, then the Duke of Manchester Kim spent wildly and was always in debt at one point his housekeeper at Tandragee Castle herself owed weeks of back wages was buying canned food and whiskey for his guests out of her own pocket He tried to marry every heiress he could lay hands on, but Helena was the one who wanted him Unfortunately, he was lazy, self aggrandizing, and hungry for any kind of fame he could get She eventually separated from him and lived as quietly as she was able, while his reputation and debt plunged ever further They divorced, and while he married an actress, tried to pawn his mother s jewels, and was repeatedly arrested for bankruptcy, she married Lord Arthur George Keith Falconer and lived a quiet, happy life in Scotland.May Goelet was the only heiress whose marriage went well Unlike the others, she came from Old Money, and unlike the others, she was already well entrenched in British Society She spent six seasons as a much admired, sought after beauty, and then chose the handsome Sir Henry John Innes Ker, the Duke of Roxburghe Unlike the other marriages, the families of the bride and groom were pleased with the match The newlyweds were deeply happy together They sent soppy letters to each other when they were apart Lots of love and kisses I hate being very cold and lonely in that big bed all by myself but promise to be good, wrote the fully grown Duke They were each ridiculously rich and perfectly happy with their place in Society They were terribly, horribly, utterly boring Overall, a great little collection of biographies Fowler is good at winnowing out each woman s personality, and provides quick but comprehensive sketches of the cultural expectations and historical events each woman dealt with Enjoyably gossipy without being fluff.


  2. says:

    I spent than three years writing a biography of one of the women to whom Fowler gave chapter space in this book, and devoted much of my energy to correcting her historical errors I disliked the flippant, often smarmy style of Fowler s writing in what was a popular but theoretically serious biographical undertaking, and was dismayed that as an academic she was so unconscionably careless about facts.


  3. says:

    To be Consuelo Yznaga, Lily Hammersley, Consuelo Vanderbilt Yznaga s godchild , Helena Zimmerman, May Goelet To be born with riches and cursed in marriage with one exception Fowler did an excellent job of introducing each young woman her formative years, her engagement, her turbulent wedded years, her subsequent divorce and eventual death These were all bright, courageous women who battled both New and Old World societies to accomplish what they thought was the culmination of a lifelong dream marriage to a Duke Sadly, all the peers were penniless and most were also licentious Life handed these women lemons The author showed us how they made lemonade.


  4. says:

    This lively book chronicles the heiress invasion of Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries Perhaps the ultimate acquisition for American Gilded Age families of consequence was to have a daughter marry into the British nobility Scores of well groomed and painstakingly educated young women and their chaperones crossed the pond to spend the season in London or stay as guests at English country houses It was a mutually agreeable arrangement, of course the Americans gained a title, and the usually cash strapped British nobles gained fortunes A hundred or so young women married into the British nobility during this period Taking an in depth look at five of these marriages Consuelo Yznaga to the Eighth Duke of Manchester , Lily Hammsley to the Eighth Duke of Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt to the Ninth Duke of Marlborough, Helena Zimmerman to the Ninth Duke of Manchester, and May Goelet to the Duke of Roxburghe Fowler paints a vivid tableau of marital charades several of the dukes were incurable philanderers, and only one of the five marriages could be considered a success in modern, romantic terms This marital dance, of course, was choreographed effectively by Edith Wharton in her novel The Buccaneers, which chronicles the sad fate of several American heiresses who go title hunting in Britain Wharton didn t have to stray far from the original material Fowler does a good job of assessing what these young women were up against, grafted onto ancient stock but not really accepted by the noble families they married into or British society However, several of these young women did an admirable job of establishing their own identities separate from the fortunes and titles, particularly Consuelo Vanderbilt, who eventually divorced her philandering duke and became an author and feminist.


  5. says:

    For anyone who has read Edith Wharton s novels, this book is about the lives of 5 women, some of whom Wharton herself knew, and based her book The Buccaneers closely upon Fowler gives an in depth look at high society in America and England, and the phenomenon of impoverished European aristocrats marrying title loving American heiresses I was fascinated by the social rules , and the difference between English and American ideas about marriage and the individual All the themes of Henry James novels are right in this book only less tediously explored Five real women, privileged, famous, beautiful, whose lives made me thankful to be a nobody.


  6. says:

    Fine, though slight, book with individual chapters about rich American women snagging themselves impoverished titled men across the Pond Wealthy misery abounds.


  7. says:

    A very interesting story of 5 American heiresses who marriage English noblemen for their title It s a wonderful view into both American and English life in the late 19th century A life of great wealth and personal sadness.


  8. says:

    Extremely interesting biographical sketches of five dollar duchesses during Victorian and Edwardian Britain I read some historical novels involving the period and these will help me make better sense of them.


  9. says:

    One of My favorites.


  10. says:

    Very interesting, if succinct, read about five American heiresses who married British dukes, four of them with rather sad results I found the last chapter, on May Goelet, Duchess of Roxburghe, to be akin to a hagiography, so much the author praises her and her Duke in a shining armour But overall, this was a very interesting read about both the upstart new rich and the crumbling British aristocracy no one is really spared


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