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The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau: Husband Hunting in the Gilded Age: How American Heiresses Conquered the Aristocracy

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In 1895 nine American heiresses travelled across the Atlantic and bagged themselves husbands and titles. Though this phenomena had been happening for many years, 1895 was undoubtedly the most successful one for the unofficial marriage brokers Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Duchess of Manchester. For the English gentlemen the girls married it was a way to sustain th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Aurum Press Ltd
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Liz Barnsley
Julie Ferry covers a fascinating period of social history here, one to be honest I knew very little (nothing) about when I went into this. But I was utterly riveted by these American girls who left home to marry into the English aristocracy and by Minne and Consuelo who made it happen.

I can imagine anyone who watched and enjoyed Downtown Abbey as a fictional show would enjoy this book, which gives an insight into a time when rich girls propped up failing estates and bagged themselves a touch of
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Roman Clodia
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
'Love is bourgeois; only the lower classes and fools marry for love. We are learning better in America - nowadays our marriages are arranged'

Following one year, 1895, this traces transatlantic marriages as wealthy American heiresses barter their wealth to marry into cash-strapped English aristocratic families. The names are familiar: Churchill, Cunard, Astor, Vanderbilt but while this is an interesting topic, the book is surprisingly dry.

As the author herself says in her epilogue, there are few
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Joanne Robertson
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was about 9 I watched an ITV series called Jennie starring Lee Remick which was based on the life of Jenny Jerome, an American heiress who married into the British Aristocracy and gave birth to Winston Churchill. I was quite an obsessive child and I immediately wanted to know everything about this woman and that period in time where so many rich American women were adapting to a different lifestyle here in the UK. And that was why I was keen to read more about the women who helped to set ...more
Geneva
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this, and learned things I did not know.

Kinda bursts the bubble of the romantic vision of marrying into royalty, which is probably a useful bubble to burst.
Alistair
1895 was the apogee in transatlantic alliances, and this fascinating book covers that year in detail, following a group of American heiresses in search of, at least social standing, and more probably a title.
London's Season was THE one to be prominently seen, trumping the New York equivalent, and marriage was a constant preoccupation. Socially ambitious New Moneyed Americans found it easier to storm the citadel of London's society than the carefully guarded New York upper echelons lead by the fo
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Brianne Moore
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at a pivotal year in the lives of many of the 'Dollar Princesses' who made the journey from the US to Britain in order to become part of (and financially prop up) the aristocracy. My only real issue is the book's sloppy editing: there were passages that were confusing, as the same person was referred to using different names/titles (which was odd, because this was before she even had a title), and in one case the same person seemed to be referred to as being both married and ...more
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Rich and looking for a husband? Visit The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau Marriage Bureau

The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau is the story of one year in the life of the English aristocracy. The names of these American ladies will be familiar –  Consuelo Vanderbilt, Washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married  Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, Maud Burke, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background.

Imagine travelling across the ocean to meet the man you would marr
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SALLY WHITE
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was both interesting and fascinating. During the 1800’s American heiresses were very keen to gain themselves aristocratic titles and therefore travelled across the Atlantic to fulfil this need. Lots of the marriages were doomed to failure. The author has certainly done her research and because of this, has produced a book that is well worth a read.
Heather Mathie
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A look at how young American women became part of the sometimes impoverished English aristocracy- and not always happily. In some cases, these women helped shape the future of their adopted country, not that they were probably aware of that then. Also interesting to note how far some families (or should I say mothers) would go to ensure a wedding.
Helen Carolan
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting read focusing on one year 1895 and the gilded age heiresses who married into the aristocracy. It also tells of the already married American women Minnie Paget and Conseulo duchess of Manchester who for discrete payments helped to broker the deals. Interesting and fascinating account.
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A fabulous insight into this era and what exactly went on.

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the social high and lows of the Vanderbilts, Astor's and many more. Fascinating reading all the way along.
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Julie Ferry is the author of The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau, a non-fiction book following he American heiresses that married into the aristocracy in 1895. She graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in English Literature and then upped sticks and moved to a tiny island between Japan and South Korea to teach English, where she quickly got used to being followed around the supermarket by ...more
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