Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey by Countess Of Carnarvon Countess Of CarnarvonLady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey by Countess Of Carnarvon Countess Of Carnarvon

Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey

byCountess Of Carnarvon Countess Of Carnarvon

Paperback | October 2, 2012

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Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries.

One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination - Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations.

But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever.

History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere eight years ago.
Title:Lady Almina And The Real Downton AbbeyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1444730843

ISBN - 13:9781444730845

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't get enough of this true story! I love readying about history. I love how the people are real and their stories are real! After watching Downton Abbey, it's hard to imagine that the real stories of the people who actually lived on the estate could be as dramatic as the ones we watch unfold on TV. However, this book changes that notion! The real lives of Lady Almina and her family are filled with drama and surprises! I loved reading this book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about history, especially British history.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read for anyone interested in history and nobility.
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