American Beauties: To Marry An English Lord Revisited

The popularity of “Downton Abbey” has rekindled Anglophilia in the popular imagination, and so Workman Publishing has re-released a 1989 book on the golden age of American heiresses wedding English aristocrats.

To Marry An English Lord,” by Gail MaColl and Carol McD. Wallace, examines in snappy yet exhaustive detail the daughters of America’s original tycoons who swapped their millions for the chance to be the duchess of a penniless nobleman.

Some of the “American beauties” featured include Jennie Jerome, Consuelo Vanderbilt and Pauline Whitney.

The money-for-titles craze reached its peak in 1895, when no less than nine heiresses married peers of the British realm.