The Titled Americans by Elisabeth Kehoe
Three American Sisters and the British Aristocratic World Into Which They Married

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The Titled Americans is a family saga spanning three generations, chronicling the glamorous lives of Leonard Jerome, his daughters, and their children. Raven-haired Jennie ("the beautiful') married Randolph Churchill, younger son of the Duke of Marlborough and was Winston's mother. Dreamy, blonde Clara ("the good") was romanced by the dashing Moreton Frewen, a penniless younger son who unsuccessfully but relentlessly tried to parlay his immense charm into a fortune even though, one after the other, all his speculations failed, while quiet Leonie ("the witty") married into the Leslies, a distinguished Irish family who were disappointed by their son's bride. Although full of princely lovers, balls, and diamond broaches, the story's heart is the intensely supportive and laughter-filled relationship between the sisters. Waves of grave financial hardship afflicted them all, but they always rallied to rescue one another. Beginning in 1840s America and ending in the middle of World War II when Britain was under the leadership of Jennie's son, Winston Churchill, The Titled Americans is an epic story of family and fortune encompassing both the apogee and the twilight of the British Empire.

About Elisabeth Kehoe

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Elisabeth Kehoe is currently a visiting fellow at the University of London's Institute of Historical Research.
Published September 23, 2004 by Atlantic Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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But Kehoe rarely ventures below the surface of these women’s lives—there is only the barest discussion, for example, of Jennie’s venture into intellectual journalism with the Anglo-Saxon Review—focusing instead on what they wore at the wedding and whom in addition to their husbands they bedded.

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Daughters of a wealthy Wall Street speculator and his heiress wife, all three Jerome sisters—Clara, Jennie and Leonie—married titled English husbands, setting a trend for upper-crust Anglo-American liaisons at a time when Britain's landed gentry were in dire need of cash.

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