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Loved it, very informative on the American social scene of the late 1800's, (unknown to me as an English woman.)
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Anne de Courcy details the reasons American girls from wealthy families married into the British Aristocracy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The result is a provocative book that really draws attention to how recently the concept of marriage based on love has evolved and the fact that, where wealth was concerned, young women were 'sold' to titled British families, often against their will, to secure the social position of their mothers. This book would suit anyone interested in social and economic, rather than, political history. I found it fascinating: the author's descriptions of the way in which those with extreme wealth spent their money were particularly good. My 'say what?' moment came with the description of a pet monkey who had his own servant.
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