Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

by Random House


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  • 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 Downton Abbey, 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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