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The Countess of Carnarvon LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY Signed Hardback
The Countess of Carnarvon LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY Signed Hardback
The Countess of Carnarvon LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY Signed Hardback

The Countess of Carnarvon LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY Signed Hardback

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First edition ninth print hardback subtitled The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle, published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, in 2011. Signed by The Countess of Carnarvon on the title page
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First edition ninth print hardback of LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon and published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London, in 2011. Signed by The Countess of Carnarvon on the title page.

The book is in near fine condition (blue boards with gilt lettering to spine) with some creasing to the bottom corners of 6-8 pages, perhaps due to a production fault. The dust jacket, which is not price clipped, is in fine condition and has no wear to speak of. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

"The remarkable story behind the real Downton Abbey

Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries.

One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination - Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations.

But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever.

History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles."


310 pages.illustrated with black & white photographs within the text.

ISBN: 9781444730821

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    12856
  • Weight:
    0.78kg