The Glitter and the Gold


      The Glitter and the Gold
A new edition of Consuela Vanderbilt Balsan s memoir the story of the real Lady Grantham of Downton AbbeyConsuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful, and heir to a vast fortune She was also in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to marry an English Duke She sailed to England as the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home Blenheim Palace She was the real American heiress who lived long before Downton Abbey s Lady Grantham arrived.Mme Balsan is an unsnobbish and amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both upstairs and downstairs and a revealing witness to the glittering balls, huge weekend parties, and major state occasions she attended or hosted chronicling her encounters with every important figure of the day from Queen Victoria, Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas and the young Winston Churchill This richly enjoyable memoir is a revealing portrait of a golden age now being celebrated every week behind the doors of Downton Abbey. Read The Glitter and the Gold – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Paperback
  • 284 pages
  • The Glitter and the Gold
  • Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
  • English
  • 20 March 2018
  • 0704100029

10 thoughts on “ The Glitter and the Gold

  1. says:

    This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century, including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young man.Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious mother arranged her marriage to an English duke who needed money to repair his house and pay his bills An intelligent, well meaning, and kind lady, Consuelo did a great This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century, including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young man.Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious ...

  2. says:

    Oh, poor little Consuelo When reading this book, I didn t know if I should throw it against the wall, or simply muddle through to see if there were any redeeming qualities about poor little rich girl Alas, I found none Self absorbed, she pats herself on the back for dividing the food in the tins given to the poor Others, she notes, simple through all the left over food in the container mixing it all together This indeed, was her claim to fame Of course, she hated her domineering mother who Oh, poor little Consuelo When reading this book, I didn t know if I should throw it against the wall, or simply muddle through to see if there were any redeeming qualities about poor little rich girl Alas, I found none Self absorbed, she pats herself on the back for dividing the food in the tins given to the poor Others, she notes, simple through all the left over food in the container mixing it all together This indeed, was her claim to fame Of course, she hat...

  3. says:

    I m a tad confused In other books, I ve read how absolutely miserable consuelo s marriage was, but there is no mud racking in this autobiography Amazing how within a couple of generations spurned ex wives would so willingly spill their dirty laundry for all the works to read

  4. says:

    I ve seen this book and its author take some rather harsh, and I believe unwarranted, criticism Granted, I have a particular interest in the history of the Vanderbilts and this is the fourth or fifth book I ve read involving their legacy, so I was already familiar with some of what Mrs Balsan relates here However, referring to her as snobbish simply because of her use of formal English and rather common French idioms saysabout the would be critic rather than any hubris of the writer I ve seen this book and its author take some rather harsh, and I believe unwarranted, criticism Granted, I have a particular interest in the history of the Vanderbilts and this is the fourth or fifth book I ve read involving their legacy, so I was already familiar with some of what Mrs Balsan relates here However, referring to her as snobbish simply because of her use of formal English and rather common French idioms saysabout the would be critic rather than any hubris of the writer s I very much enjoyed Consuelo s writing style, managing to impart her struggles and passions without buying into the poor little rich girl narrative with which the world sought to burden her She never seeks to invoke pity I also found that she manages to talk about tireless work and great accomplishments in philanthropy without a hint of self aggrandizement In her world of such extreme comfort, she found true meaning in helping others.Another frequent complaint about The Glitter and the Gold is that...

  5. says:

    Consuelo Vanderbilt had an amazing life The Glitter and the Gold gives a look into the days of one of the most famous women of American and English turn of the century aristocracy Even though she grew up in some of the most famous houses on Fifth Avenue, Newport RI and England, her childhood was a sad one She had the misfortune of having Alva Vanderbilt as her mother Alva was a strong, selfish and ruthless mother In fact, she locked away Consuelo and kept her prisoner until she agreed to Consuelo Vanderbilt had an amazing life The Glitter and the Gold gives a look into the days of one of the most famous women of American and English turn of the century aristocracy Even though she grew up in some of the most famous houses on Fifth Avenue, Newport RI and Eng...

  6. says:

    Very readable and Consuelo is imminently likable.The idle rich, creating so much poverty and pretending their social causes makeof difference than paying a fair wage would.Sigh.We are in the height of our own gilded age I hope we treat those benefiting financially from huge ...

  7. says:

    I think I d enjoy a third person biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt I get the sense that there s a lotto the story than she herself presents it Fun for fans of the gilded age, but for the most part not too exciting the frivolity of the London season is so tiring weekend hunting parties at Blenheim palace are ever so tiring for the hostess etc Then, in the last twenty pages, the story becomes completely and unexpectedly gripping as the author and her husband are trying to get out of th I think I d enjoy a third person biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt I get the sense that there s a lotto the story than she herself presents it Fun for fans of the gilded age, but for the most part not too exciting the frivolity of the London season is so tiring weekend hunting ...

  8. says:

    I am totally conflicted about this book It is republished from the original in 1953 It is the autobiography of most of the life of a woman whose family is partial heirs to the Cornelius Vanderbilt fortune At age 17 Consuelo has an arranged marriage to the Duke of Marlborough in England It has been reprinted because of the success of the Downton Abbey series on PBS What I liked was the incite into the heads to the very, very wealthy of the late 1800 s and early 1900 s You...

  9. says:

    A remarkable and detailed book, Consuelo writes of her life up until she escapes Europe after the Nazis invade France during World War 2 Consuelo met everyone from the last Tsars of Russia and Queen Victoria to Bernard Shaw and J.M.Barrie Her a...

  10. says:

    Didn t finish Didn t like.

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