Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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From the Countess of Carnarvon comes the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for the PBS series Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452676845
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (7 hr., 28 min., 11 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: McCaddon, Wanda
Alternative Title: Lost legacy of Highclere Castle

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Jun 26, 2017

This is the true story on which the hit TV series DOWNTON ABBEY was based on. If you are a big fan of the TV show, I would wager that you will enjoy this book. The book focuses on the life of Lady Almina Herbert, the wife of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert. Upon her marriage, she became the lady of the well-known Highclere Castle in Hampshire. It follows her adjustment into her new role as lady of the castle, her work as a nurse during WWI, her interaction with the house staff, the birth & upbringing of her 2 children, her trips with her ailing husband to Egypt each winter, & her eventual moving on after the untimely death of her husband. If you followed DOWNTON ABBEY, you will notice the points on which the TV show followed the true story closely. I enjoyed getting to know who I believe is the parallel to "Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess" whom I found equally as fascinating as the TV character.

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Jun 26, 2017

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