The Million Dollar Duchesses

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Aurum Press #ad - On 6 november 1895 consuelo vanderbilt married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough. The transatlantic marriage bureau dashes through the year to uncover the seasons, the money, the scandal and the titles, the gossip, the glamour, the parties, always with one eye on the two women who made it all possible.

From the beautiful and eligible debutante consuelo vanderbilt, maud burke, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background, in love with a dashing older man but thwarted by her controlling mother, Washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married the pompous Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, this book uncovers their stories.

Also revealed is the hidden role played lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, two unofficial marriage brokers who taught the heiresses how to use every social trick in the book to land their dream husband. For a few, the marriages were happy but for many others, the matches brought loneliness, infidelity, bankruptcy and divorce.

The Million Dollar Duchesses #ad - Fame, prestige, money, power, perhaps even love – these were some of the reasons for the marriages that took place between wealthy American heiresses and the English aristocracy in 1895. Focusing on a single year, the transatlantic Marriage Bureau tells the story of a group of wealthy American heiresses seeking to marry into the English aristocracy.

Though the preceding months had included spurned loves, unexpected deaths, the wedding was the crowning moment for the unofficial marriage brokers, Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, scandal and illicit affairs, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, the original buccaneers who had instructed, cajoled and manipulated wealthy young heiresses into making the perfect match.

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Charlotte & Leopold: The True Story of the Original People's Princess

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Old Street Publishing #ad - Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the personal and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, offering a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a couple whose lives are in many ways not their own. Charlotte was the only legitimate royal child of her generation, and her death in childbirth was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir.

This is the story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and first King of the Belgians. Queen Victoria was the product. Charlotte & leopold is a moving and always entertaining royal biography with an alluring contemporary resonance.

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The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy

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St. Martin's Press #ad - A deliciously told group biography of the young, american heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – the real women who inspired Downton AbbeyTowards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, rich, a strange invasion took place in Britain.

Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them. The incomers were a group of young women who, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, fifty years earlier, to be precise.

The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy #ad - . From 1874 - the year that jennie jerome, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, the first known 'Dollar Princess', glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Anne de courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times.

The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached.

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Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls

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Mango #ad - They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. And was a nazi collaboratorpeggy guggenheim, the dethroned queen of manhattanPatty Hearst, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and menNica Rothschild, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of BebopJocelyn Wildenstein, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-womanRuth Madoff, who trod the path from heiress.

. Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton AbbeyLiliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L’Oreal. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys—those not slated for happily ever after. Women of means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time.

Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls #ad - 1 new release in royalty ─ glimpse behind the façade of Rich and Famous WomenIf you liked The Last Castle and Lean In, you’ll love Women of Means. The grass isn't greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. However, through intimate historical biographies,  Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women.

Happily never after: from the author of behind every great man, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth—or marriage—to great privilege, we now have Women of Means, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of. To terrorist.

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The Quest for Queen Mary

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Hodder & Stoughton #ad - . Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age. A delightful insight into an eclectic life'The Daily Telegraph'Very funny and astute. A loathly feast for royal-watchers' hilary mantel, conjuring up, a mad, with a few sharp strokes of the pen, New Statesman Books of the Year 2018'A complete delight, exotic species from a world gone by'Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday'Gloriously indiscreet .

Giving much greater insight into queen mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, among others, and a young Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Gloucester, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years.

The Quest for Queen Mary #ad - The best royal book ever'harry mount, financial times* * *When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe.

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Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

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Vintage #ad - They avoided the norm at all costs and led the way to a blending of aristocracy and art. Here are their complex, idiosyncratic lives; their opulent, privileged world; their romantic, roiling age. They were confidantes to british prime ministers, poets, their lives entwined with the most celebrated and scandalous figures of the day, and artists, writers, from Oscar Wilde to Henry James.

They were the lovers of great men--or men of great prominence. Mary wyndham, confidante of prime minister arthur balfour the Balfour Declaration; married to Hugo, wilder than her wild brothers; lover of Wilfrid Blunt, Lord Elcho; later the Countess of Wemyss. Madeline adeane, the quietest and happiest of the three.

Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power #ad - . And pamela, possesser of the true talent, of the three, wife of the Foreign Secretary Edward Grey later Viscount Grey, spoiled, beautiful, who took Britain into the First World War. Their group came to be called the souls, artists, whose members from 1885 to the 1920s included the most distinguished politicians, and thinkers of their time.

In those wild wyndhams, claudia Renton gives us a dazzling portrait of one of England's grandest, noblest families. They lived in a world of luxurious excess, and later at the even more vast clouds, the exquisite Wiltshire house on 4, in 1876, by the visionary architect, 000 acres, the "house of the age, a world of splendor at 44 Belgrave Square, " designed, Philip Webb; the model for Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton.

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The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Sadly, beatrice inherited from her mother the hemophilia gene, which she passed on to two of her four sons and which her daughter Victoria Eugenia, in marrying Alfonso XIII of Spain, in turn passed on to the Spanish royal family. An engrossing biography of queen victoria's youngest daughter that focuses on her relationship with her willful mother-a powerful and insightful look into two women of signi?cant importance and in?uence in world history.

Beatrice was the last child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her father died when she was four and Victoria came to depend on her youngest daughter absolutely, and also demanded from her complete submission. Victoria was not above laying it down regally even with her own children. And although victoria tried to prevent Beatrice even so much as thinking of love, her guard slipped when Beatrice met Prince Henry of Battenberg.

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The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

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The History Press #ad - It uses hitherto unpublished sources, including taped conversations, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, interviews and letters. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, sex, the media, privacy, power, and relationships between classes.

On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993. He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class.

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Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties

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Atlantic Books #ad - Splendour & squalor offers a riveting insight into the disintegration of a once seemingly impregnable elite. The herveys, marquesses of bristol, born 1954; died 1999 spent most of his time investing his inheritance in helicopters, heroin, went inside too, although John Bristol 7th Marquess of Bristol, and—for strictly recreational purposes—handcuffs: a blazing quest for self-gratification which led him into the company of Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.

The resultant portrait is the authentic Downton Abbey—stripped of gloss, mythology and sentiment, and brought mercilessly up-to-date. From stately homes and prisons to the house of lords and edwardian asylums—the stories, spanning the 20th century,  of the disintegrating fortunes of three of Britain’s most illustrious aristocratic dynasties and the scapegraces responsibleSplendour & Squalor traces the disintegration of three aristocratic dynasties through the twentieth century: families who seemingly had everything yet decided to take 'the down-escalator of life.

Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties #ad - They include the montagus, the  montagus oversaw further renovation—converting the kimbolton chapel into a bar, bisexual Duke of Kent, and stocking it with glasses decorated with 'pornography of the most interesting kind, Churchill's birthplace—to remodel their principal family seat, Dukes of Manchester, ' for the benefit of guests like the restless, who had once employed Vanburgh—creator of Blenheim Palace, Kimbolton Castle; shortly before the outbreak of World War II, younger brother of George VI.

Four consecutive generations of the family went to jail.

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A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York

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Wiley #ad - The message was unmistakable: the United States had arrived culturally, and Caroline Astor and her circle were intent on leading the nation to unimagined heights of glory. From a season of splendortake a dazzling journey through the gilded age, the period from roughly the 1870s to 1914, steel magnates, when bluebloods from older, established families met the nouveau riche headlong—railway barons, and Wall Street speculators—and forged an uneasy and glittering new society in New York City.

. The best of the best were caroline Astor's 400 families, and she shaped and ruled this high society with steel. A season of splendor is a panoramic sweep across this sumptuous landscape, presenting the families, the balls, the clothing, the wealth, and the mansions in vivid detail—as well as the shocking end of the era with the sinking of the Titanic.

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