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.
Julian Fellowes calls this New York Times best seller“marvelous and entertaining.”
A review in England’s Daily Mail:
Carol talks to Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour:
A New York Times feature on Edith Wharton discusses Wharton’s influence on Downton Abbey by way of American heiresses and To Marry an English Lord:
Episode 1, “Cash for Class,” of the Smithsonian Channel’s series Million Dollar Princesesses features an interview with Carol: