The Husband Hunters

The Husband Hunters

Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world – the New World, to be precise. From 1874 – the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, married Randolph Churchill – to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, 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. 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.
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Genre: Humanities / History

On Sale: 3rd May 2018

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781474601450

Reviews

(A) hugely entertaining chronicle of cash for coronets
THE SPECTATOR
This is an entertaining read even if your ancestors were not aristocratic, providing insights into the upper classes on both sides of the Atlantic.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE magazine
Anne de Courcy has written the definitive account of the real-life buccaneers ... de Courcy argues with conviction that it wasn't simply about money. Englishmen found the dollar princesses irresistible and were drawn to their vitality, social ease and lack of stuffiness ... De Courcy is excellent on the cultural clashes between the Americans and British
THE TIMES
De Courcy is a spirited writer who has thoroughly researched her subject
SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is a sparkling and richly entertaining account of an intriguing and unusual culture clash
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
An acidly funny account of the unholy alliance between eye-wateringly rich and socially ambitious American women and a clutch of impoverished British peers ... the extravagant ostentation that de Courcy serves up in her delectably gossip-filled book is of the sort that modern-day oligarchs still revere. Think fin-de-siecle trashy... Lively, shrewd and fresh as a gilded rose, de Courcy's book is her best yet. I can't wait to read it again
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Delectably gossip-filled history
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Anne de Courcy has a sharp instinct for absurdity and there is much of that in this entertaining book
LITERARY REVIEW
To both serious social historians and Downtonish aristo-fanciers it will be pure catnip. The book is well written and full of detail
TLS
De Courcy's books are diverting and full of fascinating anecdotes and shrewd commentary. This one is no exception. Describing the fortunes of young American heiresses pushed into courtship and marriage with impoverished English aristocrats, she reminds the reader that social climbing and snobbery are abiding features in human nature
CATHOLIC HERALD
Cleverly researched, sparkling with diamonds and wickedly funny
THE SPECTATOR 'Books of the Year'
From the rackety to the respectable, from the miserable failures to the triumphant successes, each story is told with the same wit and dexterity that make the author one of the most readable social historians writing today
COUNTRY LIFE
Witty and well researched, Anne de Courcy brings to colorful, dramatic life these dollar princesses whose vast fortunes propelled them to glittering trans-Atlantic marriages that captivated international society
Meticulously researched and sparklingly witty history
DAILY MAIL