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

by The Countess of Carnarvon

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    Taphophile13: Almina Wombwell and Catherine Wendell both married into the Herbert family and each in turn became Countess of Carnarvon and mistress of Highclere Castle.
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With Lady Almina's presence, the doors of Highclere Castle are opened to tend the wounded of WW1.

"The story is described as an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle."

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  pennsylady | Jan 27, 2016 |
As always, I find it difficult to separate the subject of biographies and the writing. I would say that the writing, in this case was "okay," but that on the other hand, the subject, in the guise of Almina, to not be very attractive and in the guise of the castle itself, to not be very forthcoming. There was little in the way of comparing Downton Abby with Highclere, which seemed unfortunate, nor were comparisons made between the denizens of the occupants of the two castles. Still, it was an interesting time and I am prompted to read more about the discovery of King Tut's tomb. ( )
  kaulsu | Dec 7, 2015 |
Mielenkiintoinen kuvaus Downton Abbeyn miljöönä tunnetun Highclere Castlen oikeasta kreivittärestä ja tämän matkasta kreivin nuoresta vaimosta tunnetuksi henkilöksi omana aikanaan. Kuvat tuovat miellyttävän lisän ja viitepohjan tarinalle, ja teksti itsessään on mukavaa luettavaa, vaikkakin ehkä hieman raskasta titteleineen. ( )
  MariaBrandybuck | Dec 7, 2015 |
It had some interesting bits, but wasn't a page-turner for me. ( )
  melaniefaith | Dec 2, 2015 |
Light and fluffy account of the life of the 5th Countess of Carnarvon with really very little to do with Downtown Abbey except the filming location. The account becomes far less light as WWI approaches and Lady Almina becomes a very devoted and impressive nurse and hospital administrator. Overall, it's somewhat scattershot; partly name dropping and then gruesome accounts of the war. It was an interesting read but not particularly well written and does peter off at the end.
  amyem58 | Jul 19, 2015 |
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On Wednesday 26 June 1895, Miss Almina Victoria Marie Alexandra Wombwell, a startlingly pretty nineteen-year-old of somewhat dubious social standing, married George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at St Margaret's, Westminster.
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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley. 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 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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Tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

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