[Reading] ➿ To Marry an English Lord or, How Anglomania Really Got Started Author Gail MacColl – Saudionline.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “To Marry an English Lord or, How Anglomania Really Got Started

  1. says:

    5 stars for content Great information Loads of pictures Kept me turning the pages my anglophile ecstasy meter was in overdrive Extra brownie points to the authors for their fulsome praise over how awesome American girls are were Well, duh1 stars for the literary sadist formatting this book Very frustrating layout Annoying as all get out.Giving it 4 stars since the content won out over the format Plus, who doesn t like a trans Atlantic romance with a titled Englishman Julian Fellowes is said to have gotten the germ of the idea of Downton Abbey from reading this years ago Understandable Would love to see a mini series on The Real Titled American Housewives of Victorian Edwardian England featured in this book.

  2. says:

    It s only three stars because, while I really enjoyed the majority of the book, the format and constant interruptions to the text took away some of the enjoyment I also didn t technically read the entire thing since I just skimmed the bios and locations at the end I want a book like this about the women but without the asides It did make me finally purchase Five Sisters though.

  3. says:

    I am so disappointed in this book I went looking for it and it was later given to me as a gift in part because Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, cited it as an inspiration Now, I love Downton Abbey because of the well spun insights into characters whose lives are only 100 years removed from mine, but seem so dramatically different, and was excited to see if I could find hints of Cora or Mary or Bates in any of the real people MacColl highlighted This book contains lots of information about people of that era real, in this case , but thrown together in such a maddening way as to negate any benefit from the stories it tries to tell No sense of continuity, no story telling ability, and whoever formatted this book should be put out of their misery because there is clearly something very wrong in their life that they are taking out on the readers Two page long mini info dumps appear every 20 pages, often just when you turn the page, mid sentence, so you must choose whether to turn ahead to finish the thought paragraph and hope you remember to turn back, or read the new section and then turn back to figure out where you were previously, which I know is my favorite way to try to track 87 or so characters, half of whom share names And if you would like to try to track the progress of any girl or girls in particular, you will need to take notes The book moves chronologically Unless there s a theme the authors want to focus on, in which case screw timelines Sisters, cousins, in laws just list them off, of course people reading this book in the 21st century will know who they are and will remember these people when they are suddenly referenced again, out of the blue, four chapters later In a caption of a fuzzy picture In a two page mini section that has nothing to do with the sentence you were just reading Also, there might or might not have been half a dozen young girls named Consuelo running around Or they might all have been the same young woman I just remember that name and then some divorced woman who caused a scandal when she married a man half her age And that might have been Consuelo, I honestly don t remember My take away from this book just watch Downton Abbey instead And if you don t buy all your dresses from Worth, no one will speak to you.

  4. says:

    The lack of editing, the mis spellings, the lack of flow, the disorganization of information, the repetition, the too small illustrations, the repetition, and the boring writing style really ruined a possible 4 star read This books explains the set up of Downton Abbey The wealthy young American girls, that fled snobbish NYC for titles, and society Many found poor marriages and despair Yet, they had their daughters marry the same way as well The topic is fascinating, but this book is just a chore to read.

  5. says:

    Fans of Downton Abbey and other Anglophiles will enjoy this book, which tells the stories of the American women who married into English aristocracy in the late 1800s Usually because the titled British families needed the money from wealthy Americans It s filled with photographs and interesting facts about their lives, such as how much it really cost to maintain a country estate, how difficult it was to run a household with servants and how wives adjusted to cold English society It may spoil your fantasy of marrying a Duke, but it s still a delightful read.

  6. says:

    Rating 4 starsWith all the media hype over Megan Markle and Prince Harry being from separate continents, I thought I would read this book Surely marriages between the English peerage and American ruling classes happened in the past Of course The book explains how Princess Diana s grandfather was American And for those who don t know, Winston Churchill s mother was also an American In fact, during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, American heiresses made countless marriages into the British peerage Quite a few of them had common origins, worker class and menial labor included There were even some who had ethnic antecedents It is a joke when the media displays its ignorance and sensationalizes something that at one point in history became a way of life for a time Loads of American funds from American heiresses bolstered the coffers of the moth ridden pockets of UK blueblood and other European climes Trust me, the trip was not one sided Once it became known that American heiresses were for the asking if one had a title, then quite a few of the English elite traveled to our shores to seek out a MOC Marriages were not limited to the sweet young debutantes either Also, some widowed matrons made successful matches as well Scandals of all scandals, there were cougar cub alliances or misalliances you decide thrown into the mix.The book was enjoyable and interesting in how the New York set s exclusivity headed by the infamous Mrs Asor set the ball rolling as it were, by forcing the nouveau riche crowd to expand their horizons for their daughters Once the connections were set in place, and the rest, as they say, is all history through these women s trials and errors Loaded with pictures and tons of facts and stories, I was a bit annoyed when my page was interrupted by a spread about say, attire though I loved all the info about the designer, Worth Everything was fascinating so I was forced to stop briefly to read that section before continuing I suppose it keeps this book from being monotonous At the back, there is a large, detailed appendix about all the heiresses, the men they married and other small bits of info.The author of Downton Abbey was inspired by To Marry an English Lord which may tell you all you need to know.

  7. says:

    If you want to better understand the novels of Edith Wharton and Henry James, to get the jokes of Charles Dana Gibson and Oscar Wilde, or just to enjoy the highbrow soap opera that is Downtown Abbey deeply, this book will help Covering the years between the end of the American civil war and the death of King Edward VII in 1910, this book gave me a fairly good understanding of why American heiresses were marrying titled Englishmen in droves than 100 did, including Winston Churchill s mother and what that meant for both high society cultures.It wasn t just that the moribund English upper crust needed vulgar American bucks to prop up their pricey habits and accouterments which included huge, drafty, crumbling, damp houses and the army of servants those required The heiresses had their goals too They were often from families whose shiny new money wasn t enough to impress that stiff backed New York star maker, Mrs William Astor Mrs Astor had some serious rules For example, if you bought a Paris dress, you couldn t wear it God no What are you, a Philistine You had to store it for a year or two so it didn t look like you were showing off your wealth, although you certainly were That was key to most the rules To show off without seeming to, using a complicated code of card leaving and cutting Mrs Astor was a woman who made her husband drop his middle name, Backhouse, because she thought it vulgar Mrs Astor and New York society had many words to describe upstart nouveau riche people who thought they could break into rigid Knickerbocker NY Society, including arrivistes, parvenus French is so good for insults, right , bouncers, shoddees, swells, vulgarians, detrimentalsthe list goes on.In short, if Mrs Astor didn t know you, you might as well use your oodles of money to buy status overseas The bummer there was that most the guys with that kind of status were, well, assholes really And then their dour families and dank, isolated homes weren t much fun either Still, some of the heiresses managed to pull it off, usually with an invigorating stream of affairs or a bent for charity work or politics This book reads like a gossip magazine and even though the gossip is over 100 years old, it still feels fresh There are loads of fascinating details about the cultures of the respective richy rich cultures My take away is that you couldn t pay me to live in either culture, but it s interesting to investigate it under a microscope.I d give it four stars, but the layout drove me crazy Every couple pages, there s a double page spread with side information So if you want to read the text, you have to keep skipping pages and then remembering to go back to read the side information It made it choppy and hard to follow It would have been better to group those spreads in chunks, leaving pages between of uninterrupted text Also, most of the many illustrations are useless because they re so small and poorly reproduced I d rather have fewer, better pictures.

  8. says:

    3.5 5 Or Heiress Moneybags, meet Lord Empty Pockets.I ve always thought the Gilded Age American heiresses chasing English Titles a fascinating phenomenon I mean, really, what ever the fuck for Dear Heiress, he s just gonna spend your money, and be a snob while doing it Oh right, snobbery all around Anyway, To Marry An English Lord has a whole lot of information, and it s an easy read that gives a fairly comprehensive picture of the period That said, it s a very episodic book Since there s a lot of players in the mix, there s a lot of jumping around, and that can be tedious Overall, To Marry an English Lord is a good starter book on this particular topic.

  9. says:

    Informative and entertaining, this is an account of the American heiresses Wharton s Buccaneers that invaded Britain in search of titled husbands It s thoroughly researched and yet presented in so entertaining a way that you don t really feel like you re learning It feels like reading a Victorian gossip magazine I wish there had been , along the way, about where the authors have sourced their information a bibliography, footnotes etc , but that s my only gripe.

  10. says:

    This book contains some pretty fascinating facts about the history of society life I found this especially interesting since I lived in New York City for a few years you kind of take for granted that something is called Astor Place but then to read about the actual Astor family that it is named after is something pretty cool The photography was such a great enhancement of the facts, I loved putting faces and locations with the names My only complaint would be that it jumped around chronologically which became a bit confusing The footnotes also distracted away from the text, and the layout was frustrating, but this didn t take away from my enjoyment A definite must read for Downton Abbey fans

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