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.
©1989, 2012 Gail MacColl & Carol McD. Wallace (P)2014 Tantor
"In your very flattering article about books that might please fans of Downton Abbey, I was sorry that one title was missing: To Marry an English Lord. . . . It is a marvelous and entertaining study." ---Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey
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"Love Downton Abbey?"
If you love the British TV show, Downtown Abbey, you'll love this book. It is the true tales of rich American girls in search of a nobleman. And noblemen in search of money to save their ancestral homes and the lifestyle someone of their rank was entitled to.
"Not Great on Audio"
The organization of the book did not fit well with audio. I can see why the author would have made the lists of people, estates, etc., but they don't work very well here. They interrupt the flow of the text because the narrator reads "the box" that has the extra information. I listened to about half the book, but then I gave up.
The narrator was excellent! She pronounced everything superbly and brought the authors' wonderful words to life. I find 19th century "society" fascinating and this book did not disappoint. Bravo!
The storyline was extremely interesting but you need to fast forward through the endless list of names, this added no value to the story.
Interesting historical information.
Sure. As a long time reader of historical fiction, this book gives a lot of information about the time period I enjoy reading about.
Kate Reading gives an excellent performance in this audio book.
No, it was just a pleasant, informative read.
"better than expected"
if you're interested in Edwardian history between England and the US you'll find this book rather interesting
"Kate Reading's voice"
Kate Reading's voice was very annoying. I will avoid buying anything she reads in the future.
"i love downton abbey but this book is a hard no"
i am not going to make it through this book... i keep trying to listen (the narration is excellent) but the content is completely boring/uninteresting/a chore to 'read'. i love downton abbey but this book is basically listing off the names and subsequent titles of american heiresses who married british aristocracy. huge yawn!
"Perhaps its true, money does not equal happiness"
This is an interesting list of facts about young wealthy young American women who traded their wealth for social status and a British title. Later the young men who owned those titles but whose estates no longer supported them came to America hoping to meet these young women. But it is just a list of who did what when and superficially why.
"fascinating. I will listen again at some point"
the book was excellent informative and fascinating it is packed with interesting information and really deserves a second listen at some point down the way the narrator's voice is especially exciting
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