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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle Paperback – 2011


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Broadway (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780770435622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770435622
  • ASIN: 0770435629
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: December 2011 Pages: 320 Publisher: oadway Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle The real-life Inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants. Lady Almina. the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle. including diaries. letters. and photographs. the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the ink of war. Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart. Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. Alfred de Rothschild. who married his daughter off at a young age. her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon's ancestral home. Throwing open th...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LN Bayne on July 13 2012
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This is a very interesting book. This woman was vibrant and full of energy. Before WWI she did the ordinary things aristocrats did: entertaining, went to London for the social season and travelled, especially to Egypt with her husband. He was fascinated by all things Egyptian and was one of the main financial backers of the excavation of Tutankamen's Tomb. Unfortunately he died of septicaemia caused by an infected mosquito bite before they actually entered the inner Tomb. During WWI Lady Almina used their house as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Her hospital was one of the best of the time. I bought this book through Amazon.com and it certainly is a good read if you are curious about how some of the aristocracy lived in that period of time. The facts are not quite as the Downton Abbey story line seems to be heading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on May 2 2012
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I wanted some background to the movie. This book gave me much of the real background, it did tend to get boring in places. It's good if you want to know more about the real place, it has none of the stuff from the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By holymolymare on June 3 2012
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Great book finished it quickly and passed it on to anothe Downton Abbey fan. It certainly tied things together as far as the real history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Cromack on Dec 22 2013
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Hubby and I both enjoyed this book. The storyline was gripping and the history made it all very real. Would recommend it to all.
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An enthralling view into a bygone era that is part memoir, part history lesson. It lends insight and breathes life into past events, both famous and not, and shows the humanity behind the headlines of WW I, and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Through facts, history, and some charming speculation, the book weaves a fascinating look behind the doors old English aristocracy that is a delight to read.
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By Sandra Pidduck on June 22 2014
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This was a gift. And the recipient Loved it as a historical account of the real Downtown Abbey. Great book.
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I really love watching Downton Abbey on television, but thanks to the Countess of Carnarvon for sharing this great family story.
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By Adee1 on March 8 2014
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This book is wonderful if you're hooked on Downton Abbey, and want the real story. It has helped me to understand the series better. Or, if you would like some insight into 1900 - 1920 in Europe. Very historical, takes you through WW1, and the devastation of that war. Great read and now I'm looking forward to reading about Lady Catherine.
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