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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. 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 brink of war.
? ? ? Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart, Lady Cora Crawley, 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 the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.
? ? ? This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.
This book was new, however as soon as I opened it the binding broke and the photo pages came loose. Not impressed!Published 8 months ago by ivorybarb
Sorry didn't review sooner. This arrived as described and was on time. ThanksPublished 10 months ago by zincguy
This was a gift. And the recipient Loved it as a historical account of the real Downtown Abbey. Great book.Published 15 months ago by Sandra Pidduck
I really love watching Downton Abbey on television, but thanks to the Countess of Carnarvon for sharing this great family story.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the way the author took you into a different era. Get past the first two chapters then your hookedPublished 20 months ago by tamara leeder
I enjoyed reading about Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey. The work she did establishing the hospitals and her life in general even the parts about WW 1Published 20 months ago by Marge