Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle (Paperback)

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on 5/11/2012

The lady before was most specific and to the point without any ambiguity. I purchased the book not knowing just how much it was going to reveal about Downton Abbey which I have been following avidly. As it turned out, it was fabulously written and told me so much more than I had ever expected. Thank the author profusely. Needless to tell that I highly recommend this to all who are enchanted by the TV series of Downton Abbey; It takes nothing away from this TV drama but greatly enhances the protrayal with so much background not out there for the average person. Again, I am indeed glad that I took up on the whim and purchased this particular book when I was browsing the Amazon selections.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780770435622
SKU 225259565
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0770435629
Release Date 12/27/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"The countess's book tells the story of the beautiful and diminutive 'Pocket Venus,' Almina Victoria Marie Alexandra Wombwell, who lived at Highclere from 1895 to 1923 with her husband, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon. He is best known as the co-discoverer of King Tutankamen's tomb--after a series of expeditions financed by Almina."
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Editors Note 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, 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.
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The book is a treasure trove of pertinent informat on May 11, 2012