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.
Carnarvon, Fiona, Countess of
Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey
the lost legacy of Highclere Castle
New York : Broadway Paperbacks, c2011.
1st U.S. ed.
x, 310 p.,  p. of plates :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.
Pomp and circumstance
Welcome to Highclere
A triumph for her ladyship
Dressing for dinner
The passing of the golden age
The summer of 1914
Call to arms
Hospital on the move
Death in the trenches
The dark times
The promised end
From war to peace
Another glittering season
Statement of Responsibility:
by The Countess of Carnarvon
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-300) and index.
Carnarvon, Almina, Countess of, 1876-1969.
Carnarvon, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, Earl of, 1866-1923.
Nobility Great Britain Biography.
World War, 1914-1918 Great Britain.
Great Britain Social life and customs 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918