×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

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

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

4.0 83
by The Countess of Carnarvon, Wanda McCaddon (Narrated by)
 

See All Formats & Editions

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, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including

Overview

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, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Gives the juicy back story behind last year's Emmy-winning Masterpiece Theater drama." —The New York Times
Library Journal
12/01/2014
The Countess of Carnarvon, who lives at Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed), capitalizes on her home's fame as the author of biographies of notable women of Highclere. Lady Almina, the subject of her first book, is similar to Cora Crawley—the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist who makes a surprisingly successful match with an English noble and whose wealth maintains the historic home. Carnarvon's second book, Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, follows another American who married into the family, focusing on the 1920s and 1930s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452606842
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/05/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Gives the juicy back story behind last year's Emmy-winning Masterpiece Theater drama." —-The New York Times

Meet the Author

Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over the tenureship of Highclere Castle in 2001.

Wanda McCaddon has won more than twenty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, for which she also earned a coveted Audie Award. AudioFile magazine has also named her one of recording's Golden Voices. Wanda appears regularly on the professional stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle 0 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 0 reviews.