Lady Paget, always short of money, soon became a sort of international marital agent, introducing eligible American heiresses to British noblemen. Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan had a really interesting and fascinating life, but for me, she is not the best at telling it. The turmoil that must inevitably accompany divorce is glossed over ; we know she was cajoled into marriage for all the wrong reasons status, power, pa It is hard to separate the quality of the writing from the person telling the story here ; Balsan is writing of an era and a sensibility that is far removed in time and experience from her readership. May include From the library of labels. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfil her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfil her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books.
She has no problem using her wealth to help flee the Nazis from France in the 1940's. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. She had resolved, in her young age, not to marry Marlborough but another man whom her mother deemed unworthy. A decent read all in all, if a bit slack toward the middle. Alva defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.
Much of Consuelo's account of her life reads like a who's who of British society. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. In order that Jacques' family could receive her, Consuelo had to testify before the Catholic Court that her marriage with Marlborough was not voluntary and therefore should be annulled. This book by a Duchess heretofore unknown to me, is fraught with great historical moments, a good explanation of the customs and protocol of English nobility, and a reminder that things are not as they appear. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
Consuelo grew up in great luxury but with a rigid and authoritarian mother who achieved her crowning ambition for her daughter by marrying her off against Consuelo's will to the Duke of Marlborough. I'm mystified that there weren't more beheadings. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. Husbands and wives who could not get on together went their separate ways and in the great houses in which they lived practiced a polite observance of the deference each owed the other. The hospital also includes a school of nursing and is one of the top ranked hospitals in France, especially for renal transplants.
The Glitter and the Gold. About this Item: Gardners Books. The 9th Duchess gives unique first-hand insight into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era. Or, if you buy it, donate it to the poor and be like Consuelo, give yourself a hearty dose of self congratulation for sharing! All book links to external sites are affiliate links. Though the circle of friends was wide and the parties many, they took on an informal feel; more common than five courses in the lush dining hall at Bleheim was a stroll around the village and a picnic luncheon on the lawn.
The new duchess was adored by the poor and less fortunate tenants on her husband's estate, whom she visited and to whom she provided assistance. Softening to spine with light bleaching to spine, boards and edges. About this Item: George Mann Books, 1973. An intelligent, well meaning, and kind lady, Consuelo did a great deal of charity work and took it seriously; treating everyone she met with respect. It has remained true to its origins and stayed a private not-for-profit institution that still serves the Paris community. The ninth Duchess gives unique first-hand insight into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.
Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. I was very impressed by the writing and the matter-of-fact descriptions of a sometimes depressing childhood and early marriage of an American heiress who becomes the Duchess of Marlborough, has her obligatory two male heirs and then finds true love with a Frenchman. She was the real American heiress who lived long before Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham arrived. Small bumps to corners with bumps to boards edges. Others, she notes, simple through all the left over food in the container mixing it all together. In fact, oftentimes her book reads like a Who's Who of High Society. She was also a social success with royalty and the aristocracy of Britain.
While she lacked love, Consuelo did her best to use her position for good, and reports on both the internal and external society of the times, mentioning some of the famous people that she came in contact with over the years. A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. This is a book in which I happily immersed myself, but felt a pang of sadness upon finishing. As I expected, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was a fascinating woman, and her story — so aptly titled — is one which should certainly be read more widely.
But I would have loved a little juicy vintage gossip about some of them. Bookseller: , Washington, United States Gardners Books, 1973. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. However, despite the value of reading of Consuelo's life in her own words, this reads much as it is: the musings of an elderly woman with relatively little background information or context provided. Dare I say that their American blood had something to do with it? What we would learn from The Glitter and the Gold is not, then, some cliché revealing of what lies beneath the gilt, for Balsan's society was gold through and through. Records in Florida show that in 1932 Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan built a home in , just south of Palm Beach.