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.

by the Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Fiona Carnarvon.

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, you will enjoy  the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for the award winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. It contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and gives a revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

Like the Masterpiece Classic character, Lady Cora Crawley, Lady Almina, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, was married at young age. Her dowry helped preserve the Earl of Carnarvon’s ancestral home. The book is based on material from the archives of Highclere Castle and written by the current Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, and covers roughly the years from 1895 to l930.

~ Carol K.