The Marrying Kind

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

THE JEROME SISTERS were the first wave of American beauties to marry into the British aristocracy, the precursors of a tide of ‘Dollar Princesses’ eager to swap cash for titles. Unlike their successors, however, the Jeromes were singularly lacking in dollars on a large scale, their father, Leonard Jerome, succeeding in making – and losing […]

The Jewels in the Crown

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Two YEARS AGO William Dalrymple’s White Mughals restored romance to Britain’s Indian entanglement with a complex tale of an English gentleman and a Muslim lady drawn together by passion but forced by cultural differences to go their separate ways. Now Lucy Moore comes along to remind us that India, with all its paradoxes and dissonances, […]

The Madman’s Maidens

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

THE HANOVERIANS HAVE had a bad press. First it was Leigh Hunt, braving a prison sentence with his notorious Examiner obituary which damned the late George IV as a bloated voluptuary. Then came Macaulay’s furious tirade in ‘The Life and Writings of Madame D’Arblay’, presenting poor Fanny Burney as a martyr to the whims and […]

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