From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles.
In this, they were just like the fictional Cora Crawley, a wealthy American who through marriage became Countess of Grantham in the PBS series Downton Abbey.
Author Carol Wallace discusses her book To Marry an English Lord (co-authored by Gail MacColl Jarrett), which played a major role in inspiring the television series, on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details -- plus photographs, illustrations, quotes, and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette -- To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has said Cora Crawley, the first Downton character he created, was inspired by Jarrett's book.
Wallace has written 21 books, most recently the historical novel Leaving Van Gogh. Her other books include All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding, Dance, and Victorian Treasures: An Album and Historical Guide for Collectors.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.