Anne de Courcy on The Husband Hunters
Towards the end of the C19th a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning 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. From 1874 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. Based on extensive first-hand research – including into the Grantley family (5th Lady Grantley [above] was American) – this richly entertaining talk will reveal what they thought of their new lives in England… and what England thought of them.