Let's read: Lady Almina & The Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnavon

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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  • Joan W.

    Meetup conversation and setting was great.

    September 16, 2013

  • Katherine

    The brunch was awesome! Excellent conversation all around!

    September 16, 2013

  • rosalie c.

    if I can get the book

    August 24, 2013

  • Megan A.

    Oh my gosh I am so excited for this!

    August 21, 2013

  • GramercyGal

    I saw the program on TV about the original owners & who is living there now.

    August 20, 2013

  • Maria

    Thank you very much for welcoming me with open arms. I had a really good time and I look forward to see you all in September.
    Have a nice week!

    August 18, 2013

    • Michelle H.

      It was lovely to meet you, Maria! Have a great vacation and hope to see you at the next book club. :) Michelle

      August 20, 2013

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