The Husband Hunters : Social Climbing in London and New York
by Anne De Courcy
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century and during the early years of the twentieth century, a strange invasion took place in Great Britain.The citadel of power, privilege and breeding whose title, owner of the lands class council barricaded itself for so long had been violated.The newcomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, he would have been seen as the alien inhabitants of another world – the New World, to be precise.From 1874, the year Jennie Jerome, the first known “Dollar Princess”, married Randolph Churchill – to 1905, dozens of young American heirs married in the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Golden Age.Anne de Courcy defines the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their time.On the basis of vast firsthand and research, relying on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining biography group reveals what they thought of their new life in England – and what England thought of them.
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