Dimensions: 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 in
Published: November 5, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1444762109
ISBN - 13: 9781444762105
From the Publisher
Sometimes the facts are even more extraordinary than the
This book tells the story of Lady Catherine, a beautiful American
girl who became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle, the setting for
Julian Fellowes'' award-winning drama Downton Abbey.
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord
Porchester (or ''Porchey'', as he was known) when she was just 20
years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had
already turned down 14 proposals before she eventually married
Porchey in 1922. But less than a year later Porchey''s father died
suddenly, and he became the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, inheriting a
title and a Castle that changed both their lives forever.
Catherine found herself suddenly in charge of a small army of
household staff, and hosting lavish banquets and weekend house
parties. Although the couple were very much in love, considerable
challenges lay ahead for Catherine. They were immediately faced
with the task of saving Highclere when debts threatened to destroy
the estate. As the 1920s moved to a close, Catherine''s adored
brother died and she began to lose her husband to the distractions
London had to offer. When the Second World War broke out, life at
the Castle would never be the same again.
Drawing on rich material from the private archives at Highclere,
including beautiful period photographs, the current Countess of
Carnarvon transports us back to the thrilling and alluring world of
the ''real Downton Abbey'' and its inhabitants.
About the Author
Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere nine years ago.
An excellent depiction of English aristocratic life...a compelling
portrait of the era''s lives, deaths, politics, scandals and the
war''s impact on Porchey and Catherine''s family. Lady Carnarvon''s
narrative is a vivid time-stamp of a tempestuous period in history,
aptly incorporating its political situation and social structure,
to satisfy history buffs and Anglophiles.-Publishers