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The million dollar duchesses : how America's heiresses seduced the aristocracy / Julie Ferry.

By: Ferry, Julie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, United Kingdom : Aurum Press, 2018Description: 303 pages, 4 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1781317879; 9781781317877.Subject(s): Balsan, Consuelo Vanderbilt | Marlborough, Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, Duke of, 1871-1934 -- Marriage | Belmont, Alva, 1853-1933 | Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Americans -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Heiresses -- United States -- Biography | Upper class -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 973.80922 Summary: "On 6th November 1895, the beautiful and brilliant heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt was wedded to the near-insolvent Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in a dazzling yet miserable match - it glittered above all others for high society's marriage brokers who, in this single year, forged a series of spectacular, and lucrative, transatlantic unions. The bankrupt and ailing British aristocracy was suddenly injected with all the wealth and glamour of America's newest dynasties. Millions of dollars changed hands as fame, money, power and privilege were all at play. Brimful of scandal, illicit affairs, spurned loves and unexpected tragedy, The Million Dollar Duchesses reveals the closed-door bargaining which led to these most influential matches and how America's heiresses shook-up British high society for ever"-- Cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

POWER, SCANDAL, GLAMOUR, FAME

On 6th November 1895, the beautiful and brilliant heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt was wedded to the near-insolvent Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in a dazzling yet miserable match - it glittered above all others for high society's marriage brokers who, in this single year, forged a series of spectacular, and lucrative, transatlantic unions.

The bankrupt and ailing British aristocracy was suddenly injected with all the wealth and glamour of America's newest dynasties. Millions of dollars changed hands as fame, money, power and privilege were all at play.

Brimful of scandal, illicit affairs, spurned loves and unexpected tragedy, The Million Dollar Duchesses reveals the closed-door bargaining which led to these most influential matches and how America's heiresses shook-up British high society for ever.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-300) and index.

"On 6th November 1895, the beautiful and brilliant heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt was wedded to the near-insolvent Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in a dazzling yet miserable match - it glittered above all others for high society's marriage brokers who, in this single year, forged a series of spectacular, and lucrative, transatlantic unions. The bankrupt and ailing British aristocracy was suddenly injected with all the wealth and glamour of America's newest dynasties. Millions of dollars changed hands as fame, money, power and privilege were all at play. Brimful of scandal, illicit affairs, spurned loves and unexpected tragedy, The Million Dollar Duchesses reveals the closed-door bargaining which led to these most influential matches and how America's heiresses shook-up British high society for ever"-- Cover.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Characters (in order of appearance) (p. 7)
  • Wealth and Money in 1895 (p. 11)
  • Prologue (p. 13)
  • 1 Society Gathers (p. 21)
  • 2 The Art of Discretion (p. 29)
  • 3 Fortune Favours the Brave (p. 41)
  • 4 The Young Pretender (p. 49)
  • 5 Bertie's Whims (p. 63)
  • 6 Protégés and Plans (p. 77)
  • 7 An Impassioned Proposal (p. 85)
  • 8 A Most Superior Person (p. 93)
  • 9 Faith, Figures and Francs (p. 105)
  • 10 Roguey Poguey Stories (p. 115)
  • 11 The Changing Guard (p. 133)
  • 12 Love is Bourgeois (p. 143)
  • 13 A Rare Miscalculation (p. 153)
  • 14 Lily of Troy (p. 169)
  • 15 To Conquer the Season (p. 179)
  • 16 The Introductions Market (p. 187)
  • 17 Masters of Manipulation (p. 195)
  • 18 The Promise of Romance (p. 203)
  • 19 Britannia Versus Meteor (p. 213)
  • 20 Confrontation (p. 221)
  • 21 A Second-Class Duke (p. 229)
  • 22 Pomp and Ceremony (p. 237)
  • 23 The Marriage Business (p. 247)
  • Epilogue (p. 255)
  • Appendix 1 Select Vanderbilt Family Tree (p. 273)
  • Appendix 2 Select Marlborough Family Tree (p. 275)
  • Appendix 3 Select Paget Family Tree (p. 277)
  • Notes (p. 279)
  • Picture Credits (p. 285)
  • Index (p. 287)
  • Bibliography (p. 295)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 301)