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Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by  Fiona (The Countess of Carnarvon) Carnarvon - Hardcover - Fourth Printing [stated] - 2013 - from Ground Zero Books, Ltd. and Biblio.com

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Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

by Carnarvon, Fiona (The Countess of Carnarvon)

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London: Hodder, 2013. Fourth Printing [stated]. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. xii, 350, [4] pages. Genealogical Table. Map. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Signed by the author on the title page. Almina Herbert, Countess of Carnarvon (15 August 1876 - 8 May 1969), was the wife of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and châtelaine of Highclere Castle in Hampshire. Her biological father was the banker Alfred de Rothschild, of the Rothschild family, who left her considerable wealth. On 26 June 1895, at St Margaret's, Westminster, she married George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. At the beginning of the First World War, Lady Carnarvon opened a hospital for war wounded at Highclere Castle, helping with the organisation and assisting as a nurse. In 1919, Lady Carnarvon turned down the opportunity of being appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her war work. The Earl of Carnarvon developed an interest in Egyptology and became the financial backer of the search for Tutankhamun's tomb, assisted by Almina's wealth. Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story of the beautiful American girl who lived at Highclere Castle, the setting for the award winning drama "Downton Abbey". Glamorous and wealthy, Catherine became the toast of London society and married the son of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Porchester, or 'Porchey', as he was known. At just 19, Catherine had to learn how to organize and host the lavish banquets and weekend house parties that Porchey so loved. She found herself suddenly in charge of the more than eighty staff working at Highclere Castle. One of the first challenges they both had to face was to save Highclere Castle from being sold to pay enormous death duties for which they were liable after the death of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. As the decade of the 1930's developed their marriage sadly did not survive and Catherine moved to London. The book follows the lives and challenges of upstairs and downstairs as World War two became imminent.
  • Bookseller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd. US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 76444
  • Title: Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
  • Author: Carnarvon, Fiona (The Countess of Carnarvon)
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very good
  • Jacket condition: Very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: Fourth Printing [stated]
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 1444762109
  • ISBN 13: 9781444762105
  • Publisher: Hodder
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 2013
  • Keywords: Almina Herbert, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, Evelyn Beauchamp, Duff Cooper, Duke of Kent, Lady Herbert, Porchester, Porchey, Marian Wendell


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