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Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey : the lost legacy of Highclere Castle

Author: Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"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,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Almina Carnarvon, Countess of; George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert Carnarvon, Earl of; Almina Carnarvon, Countess of; George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert Carnarvon, Earl of
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of
ISBN: 9780770435622 0770435629
OCLC Number: 758387421
Description: x, 310 p., [32] p. of plates : facsims., ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Pomp and circumstance --
Welcome to Highclere --
Almina, debutante --
A triumph for her ladyship --
Life downstairs --
Dressing for dinner --
Edwardian Egypt --
The passing of the golden age --
The summer of 1914 --
Call to arms --
Paradise lost --
War heroes --
Hospital on the move --
Death in the trenches --
The dark times --
The promised end --
From war to peace --
Another glittering season --
"Wonderful things" --
Lights out --
Inheritance.
Other Titles: Lost legacy of Highclere Castle
Responsibility: by The Countess of Carnarvon.

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"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 brink 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 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"--Provided by publisher.

Tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

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