To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl

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Although this book lacks in-depth historical context, it addresses pretty much everything you could possibly need or want to know about the daily lives of the wealthy of the time period.
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From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles--just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details--plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette--To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.
 

About Gail MacColl

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Gail MacColl Jarrett is a writer who lives in England.
 
Published March 15, 2012 by Workman Publishing Company. 414 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by CHARLES SOLOMON on Oct 08 1989

This agreeably silly book, lavishly illustrated with old photographs, cartoons and documents, offers an affectionate look at the fads and folies de grandeur of the Edwardian era.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Below average
Reviewed by CarrieS on Feb 13 2013

Although this book lacks in-depth historical context, it addresses pretty much everything you could possibly need or want to know about the daily lives of the wealthy of the time period.

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Kittling: Books

Good
Reviewed by Cathy on Jul 30 2010

Not only did I have fun while reading it, but I learned a great deal, and went on to use the bibliography to learn more. If this subject interests you at all, I urge you to find a copy of this book and read it.

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Austenprose

Below average
Reviewed by Laurel Ann on Mar 11 2013

I did find a few factual errors, an occasional absurd assertion, and a couple of errors in titles usage (of course)...

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Book Kvetch

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca G. Aguilar on Mar 23 2012

To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace is a highly worthwhile read... a history of the remarkable influence of the American heiress in the court of Edward VII and in the lives of her aristocratic husband and heirs.

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To Read or Not To Read

Good
Reviewed by Marcie on May 19 2012

I'm absolutely fascinated by this time period. This book is a must have for people who want to find out more about this time period. It's well written and very informative. If you're looking for a book to read while you wait for the next season of Downton Abbey, this is the book for you.

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