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The real-life inspiration and setting for the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere. To download Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. (Paperback) PDF, you should refer to the web link listed below . lady almina and the real downton abbey lost legacy of Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and châtelaine of Highclere Castle in Hampshire. After her second (PDF) English File 3e Int SB | Natasha Gladkova - Life In The

Dec 27, Pages. 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.

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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Paperback Verified download. This book was an absolute pleasure to read and very informative. I am an English history buff and fell in love, as did many others, with Downton Abbey as soon as it began.

How wonderful to get part of the history of Highclere and to read about the multi-faceted Lady Almina.

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I think many of us, perhaps particularly Americans, may view the British landed classes through a very narrow lens, so I was thrilled to learn that someone of Lady Almina's station was interested not only in fabulous weekend house parties but in caring for the wounded and sick during the Great War with much personal hands-on effort, concern, time, energy, and by throwing open the doors of her home to those who desperately needed treatment, compassion, and comfort.

What an interesting lady! And, it was also thrilling to read about the monumental discovery and exploration of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. This tomb was the only ancient Egyptian royal burial site ever found intact -- the excitement of this discovery and the excavation of the tomb seems as if it must have been almost unimaginable. So, between them, the 5th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon had some pretty spectacular achievements along the continuum of human experience.

Don't miss this wonderful read! site Edition Verified download. I picked up this book because I'm a fan of Downton Abbey, although I knew before I bought the book that it had little to do with the fictional world of those characters.

If you are looking for information on the Downton Abbey television show, there is a marvelous book by Jessica Fellowes which will probably better suit your needs.

Almina Herbert, Countess of Carnarvon

This is the story of Lady Almina Carnarvon who lived at Highclere Castle which is the real world setting for the fictional television program. If you want to know more about the lives of the real people who inhabited that world during that same era, keep reading. Any biography is a story being told, and each story has a unique voice.

In this case, the voice is a member of the Carnarvon family. She seems to draw from source documents such as journals, letters, and other historical references to create a picture of Almina Wombwell who became the wife of the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon.

This book is told primarily as Lady Almina's story after her marriage, although it can't help but touch on the story lines of many of the other principle players.

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While the book is historical in nature, that doesn't make it dry reading. There is scandal Almina was most likely the illegitimate daughter of the wealthy Alfred de Rothschild , wildly fabulous wealth Almina lived a lavish and luxurious lifestyle prior to WWI , Egyptian adventures, and ultimately heartbreak as WWI touched almost every family in Britain. There is also the inspiring story of how Lady Almina used her connections and wealth during the war to create a hospital first at her home and then in London to help wounded British soldiers receive much needed treatment if they were lucky enough to make it back to England.

The book also does one more thing which I appreciate as a US reader of this period of history. This book helps set many of the individual events which are taking place into their larger historical context. I think that's important for reading this particular narrative While it is very much the story of one woman, it also a description of a lifestyle which has slipped into the pages of history in less than a hundred years.

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Since the book is written by a member of the Carnarvon family, I had expected that the portrait which the book painted to be flattering to the family. I felt that the author did a good job of balancing the good and the bad.

The book depicts the wealth, privilege and connections of the family, but it also describes many of their individual faults.

It's not the ultimate resource to that time period, but I don't feel that it's intended to teach that kind of history. It's one woman's powerful story in an era when women held little power. Fans of Downton Abbey will come away with a new respect for the real life inspirations of the characters and the period which the program depicts. I received this book as a Christmas gift and enjoyed it very much.

I think the other reviewer's review is off the mark and it's duplicitous of "William" not to mention is that he is the author of a self-published bio of Lady Almina. The author of this book, the current Countess of Carnarvon, drew largely from primary sources in the Highclere archives. She also examined contemporary periodicals and previous family memoirs and bios. The focus of the book is, as the subtitle indicates, Almina's connection with Highclere.

So, it begins with her wedding to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and ends with his untimely death in , as that event marked the end of Almina's time at Highclere. There is a concise discussion of Almina's pre-countess life, including her paternity that Almina was in all likelihood Alfred Rothschild's natural daughter is stated plainly. There is also some background on the 5th Earl: The 5th Earl was in debt when he met Almina and in need of a large infusion of cash, which Rothschild provided.

The book goes on to cover Almina's arrival at Highclere as a year-old bride and her triumphant success as a society hostess, which was something Edwardian women aspired to and were admired for. The visit by the Prince of Wales later Edward VII for one of Highclere's famous shoots in was a major event at Highclere and it is appropriate that it should be included here, even if written of previously in other works.

The author describes Almina's extensive redecorating for the occasion the green silk drawing-room walls were hers and, using record books from the Highclere archives, the food downloadd for the visit and what it cost - noting that the bill came to four times the annual salary of longtime butler the position was known as "house steward" at Highclere , Streatfield.

The author discusses how all this entertaining created extra work for the staff, especially before Almina had electricity and bathrooms with hot and cold running water installed.

Of equal interest to me was the chapter on life below stars at Highclere during Almina's time. She describes many of the indoor servants, outdoor servants, and estate workers, their duties, living and working conditions, interaction with "upstairs," romances and marriages between staff, leisure time, etc.

A large section of the book is devoted to Highclere and the family during WWI and its immediate aftermath, including Lady Carnarvon's conversion of the castle to a hospital.

The great library served as a relaxing room for the men, who were waited upon by footman and generally treated as invited guests at one of the prewar house parties, giving them a chance to forget the horrors of the war for a little while. Of all the stately homes to serve as hospitals, probably only Highclere had fashionable nurse's uniforms of crushed-strawberry-pink wool. Almina later moved the hospital to London at her own that is, Rothschild's expense where they had more room, better equipment and greater access to specialists.

The final chapter covers Almina's life after widowhood, but the theme of the book is Highclere and as she was no longer directly connected with it except as an occasional visitor, this section is brief. As I am not the least interested in Almina's love life, I was not at all disappointed that the lurid details "William" is so anxious for us to hear about are not included.

It's written in a breezy, personal style. The Downton connection is not exploited; other than the title which is often the publisher's, not the author's, choice , Downton is mentioned only in the prologue 1 sentence and in acknowledgements. I would guess, though, that Downton fans interested in how the real-life place where the series is filmed actually operated during roughly the same time period will enjoy it.

The photos are marvelous.Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Apparently she was sufficiently immune to the charms of her employers to seek escape through marriage, children and higher education.

Opt out or contact us anytime This account differs somewhat from that in a biography of Lady Almina that came out last year. Look Inside Reading Guide. The stunning Stanhope bedroom is decorated in rich red, recalling its decoration for the visit of the Prince of Wales in December Then you can start reading site books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no site device required.

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