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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444730843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444730845
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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bright, breezy and unpretentious in style.―Guardian

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Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere eight years ago.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. F. Stewart on Sept. 13 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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4 of 5 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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To read Lady Almina's life was fascinating as you learn that she was a woman before her time. She had such drive and compasion for the soldiers in need.

Lucky for us that Lady Carnarvon took the time and monumental effort to piece together the history of Highclere Castle and the numerous people who have lived there.

This being said I personally had a hard time keeping track of all the dates and the people involved..........too bad for me.

If you enjoy history like I do...........great read with a hot cup of tea!!!!!
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By Zoogirl2 on Dec 28 2012
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After watching Downton Abbey it was interesting to read the story behind the series. Without giving too much away it was interesting to connect the dots between real life individuals and the characters in the series. She certainly had a fascinating life and I never really made the connection between her husband Lord Carnarvon and the issues surrounding his death until reading this book. Would highly recommend this book to all history buffs as well as lovers of Downton Abbey.
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I like the way you can see how life was lived in that time
Ladies did not have many if any choice but to marry well,
I you did not well you just made the best of things.
What a sad life many must have hAD.
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