Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

Vintage #ad - The three dazzlingly beautiful, wildly rich Wyndham sisters, part of the four hundred families that made up Britain's ruling class, at the center of cultural and political life in late-Victorian/Edwardian Britain. Their group came to be called the souls, artists, whose members from 1885 to the 1920s included the most distinguished politicians, and thinkers of their time.

In those wild wyndhams, claudia Renton gives us a dazzling portrait of one of England's grandest, noblest families. Here are their complex, privileged world; their romantic, idiosyncratic lives; their opulent, roiling age. They were confidantes to british prime ministers, their lives entwined with the most celebrated and scandalous figures of the day, and artists, writers, poets, from Oscar Wilde to Henry James.

Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power #ad - Renton captures, the great war, with nuance and depth, their complex wrangling between head and heart, and the tragedy at the center of all their lives as the privilege and bliss of the Victorian age gave way to the Edwardian era, and the passing of an opulent world. They avoided the norm at all costs and led the way to a blending of aristocracy and art.

They were the lovers of great men--or men of great prominence. Mary wyndham, confidante of prime minister arthur balfour the Balfour Declaration; married to Hugo, wilder than her wild brothers; lover of Wilfrid Blunt, Lord Elcho; later the Countess of Wemyss.


The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy

St. Martin's Press #ad - The incomers were a group of young women who, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, fifty years earlier, to be precise. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached.

From 1874 - the year that jennie jerome, married randolph churchill - to 1905, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, the first known 'Dollar Princess', dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, 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.

The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy #ad - . A deliciously told group biography of the young, american heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – the real women who inspired Downton AbbeyTowards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, rich, a strange invasion took place in Britain.

Based on extensive first-hand research, memoirs and letters, drawing on diaries, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.


Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

Little, Brown and Company #ad - But it was the youngest, a heroine in the tradition of a jane Austen novel, Sophia, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who fulfilled the promise of her great-grandmother Mary and reshaped the British monarchy, a legacy that endures to this day. Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, filled with danger, Daughters of the Winter Queen follows the lives of five remarkable women who, by refusing to surrender to adversity, courage, and adventure but also love, and humor, treachery, changed the course of history.

The thrilling family saga of five unforgettable women who remade Europe. Forced into exile, the winter queen and her family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age indelibly shaped her daughters' lives. Beautiful henrietta Maria would be the only sister to marry into royalty, although at great cost.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots #ad - Her eldest, princess elizabeth, became a scholar who earned the respect and friendship of the philosopher Renv© Descartes. From the great courts, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, Elizabeth Stuart, and war-ravaged battlefields of the seventeenth century comes the story of four spirited sisters and their glamorous mother, glittering palaces, Queen of Scots.

The terrible betrayal of this commitment would ruin "the Winter Queen, " as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved and launch a war that would last for thirty years. Upon her father's ascension to the illustrious throne of England, Elizabeth Stuart was suddenly thrust from the poverty of unruly Scotland into the fairytale existence of a princess of great wealth and splendor.

When she was married at sixteen to a German count far below her rank, it was with the understanding that her father would help her husband achieve the kingship of Bohemia.


Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris

Vintage #ad - Against a rich historical backdrop, court visits, Weber takes the reader into these women's daily lives of masked balls, hunts, dinners, nights at the opera or theater. From the author of the acclaimed queen of fashion--a brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.

Geneviève halévy bizet straus; laure de sade, as caroline weber says, comtesse de adhéaume de chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, and were transformed by those around them, the Comtesse Greffulhe--these were the three superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who, "transformed themselves, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style.

Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris #ad - All well but unhappily married, between the 1870s and 1890s, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, as icons. But we see as well the loneliness, and loveless, rigid social rules, arranged marriages that constricted these women's lives. Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.

At their fabled salons, designers, composers, visual artists, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, and journalists.


The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the Aristocracy

Aurum Press #ad - Fame, money, prestige, power, perhaps even love – these were some of the reasons for the marriages that took place between wealthy American heiresses and the English aristocracy in 1895. Also revealed is the hidden role played lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, two unofficial marriage brokers who taught the heiresses how to use every social trick in the book to land their dream husband.

For a few, the matches brought loneliness, infidelity, the marriages were happy but for many others, bankruptcy and divorce. Focusing on a single year, the transatlantic Marriage Bureau tells the story of a group of wealthy American heiresses seeking to marry into the English aristocracy. Though the preceding months had included spurned loves, lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, the original buccaneers who had instructed, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, the wedding was the crowning moment for the unofficial marriage brokers, scandal and illicit affairs, unexpected deaths, cajoled and manipulated wealthy young heiresses into making the perfect match.

The transatlantic marriage bureau dashes through the year to uncover the seasons, the glamour, the money, the scandal and the titles, the gossip, the parties, always with one eye on the two women who made it all possible. On 6 november 1895 consuelo vanderbilt married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough.

The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the Aristocracy #ad - From the beautiful and eligible debutante consuelo vanderbilt, washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married the pompous Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, in love with a dashing older man but thwarted by her controlling mother, Maud Burke, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background, this book uncovers their stories.


The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

The History Press #ad - He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, sex, privacy, power, the media, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, and relationships between classes.

On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life.

The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll #ad - It uses hitherto unpublished sources, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, including taped conversations, interviews and letters. Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class.

But in 1963, the year of the profumo affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back.


The Quest for Queen Mary

Hodder & Stoughton #ad - A loathly feast for royal-watchers' hilary mantel, conjuring up, with a few sharp strokes of the pen, exotic species from a world gone by'Craig Brown, New Statesman Books of the Year 2018'A complete delight, a mad, Mail on Sunday'Gloriously indiscreet . The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years.

. Giving much greater insight into queen mary than the official version, and a young Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and including sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke of Gloucester, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing. A delightful insight into an eclectic life'The Daily Telegraph'Very funny and astute.

The Quest for Queen Mary #ad - Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age. The best royal book ever'harry mount, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, Financial Times* * *When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, court members and retainers around Europe.


Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style

St. Martin's Press #ad - A fascinating portrait of the standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent RogersNobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers. Born into luxury, european vacations, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, exquisite clothing and handsome men. In searching for beauty, cherie burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her Taos finale.

Her romantic conquests, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, though, appearing in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and - at the end of her life - retreating to Taos, New Mexico where she popularized Southwestern style.

Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style #ad - A rebellious icon of the age, among others, remarried and romanced, danced tangos in European nightclubs, she eloped with a penniless baron, divorced, Clark Gable. With searching for beauty, millicent rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, put their distinctive stamp on American Style.


Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls

Mango #ad - However, through intimate historical biographies,  Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women. Happily never after: from the author of behind every great man, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth—or marriage—to great privilege, we now have Women of Means, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of.

1 new release in royalty ─ glimpse behind the façade of Rich and Famous WomenIf you liked The Last Castle and Lean In, you’ll love Women of Means. The grass isn't greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys—those not slated for happily ever after.

Women of Means: The Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls #ad - Women of means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. And was a nazi collaboratorpeggy guggenheim, the dethroned queen of manhattanPatty Hearst, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-womanRuth Madoff, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of BebopJocelyn Wildenstein, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and menNica Rothschild, who trod the path from heiress.

. Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:Almira Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton AbbeyLiliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L’Oreal.


The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters

Harper Perennial #ad - Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of three spirited and wilful women who were born at the height of British upper-class wealth and privilege. The oldest, never married but pursued her passion for foxes, alcohol, Irene, and married men. And baba, the youngest and most beautiful, possessed an appetite for adultery that was as dangerous as it was outrageous.

The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters #ad - As the sisters dance, dine, and romance their way through England's most hallowed halls, we get an intimate look at a country clinging to its history in the midst of war and rapid change. The middle, cimmie, was a Labour Party activist turned Fascist. We obtain fresh perspectives on such personalities as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Oswald Mosley, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set, and Lord Halifax.

And we discover a world of women, impeccably bred and unabashedly wilful, whose passion and spirit were endlessly fascinating.


The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society

Pegasus Books #ad - After the war the story continued as the château changed hands and prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita HayworthBringing a bygone era back to life, Mary Lovell cements her spot as one of our top social historians in this captivating and evocative new book.

. The author of the bestselling the sisters: the saga of the mitford family brings her trademark brio and relish to the charming and fascinating world of the Château de l'Horizon on the French RivieraThe Riviera Set reveals the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960.

The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society #ad - At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing maxine elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from connecticut, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, the Aga Khan, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and two very saucy courtesans, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties.