American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan shares her remarkable story, providing a unique insider’s perspective of aristocracy’s golden age.
Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and the heir to a vast family
fortune. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her
mother chose instead for her to fulfill her social ambitions and marry
an English duke. Leaving her life in America, she came to England as the
Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new
The ninth Duchess gives unique first-hand insight
into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era.
An unsnobbish but often amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both
upstairs and downstairs at Blenheim Palace, she is also a revealing
witness to the glittering balls, huge weekend parties, and major state
occasions she attended or hosted. Here are her encounters with every
important figure of the day—from Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and Queen
Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas, Prince Metternich, and the young Winston
Churchill. This intimate, richly enjoyable memoir is a wonderfully
revealing portrait of a golden age. Download and start listening now!