The bankrupt granny, Almina, was also snubbed by the House of Windsor. Good prose masks many howlers as does a Readers Digest version of some 20th century history frolics with an irksome tendency to sweep too many irrelevant people and places with an unnecessary timeline of the non- players in the dull tales of Prime Ministers, and seedy diplomats downwards including a appalling chunk of inflated history on the Abdication crisis where Porchey claims fame in his wildly inaccurate memoirs which are repeated, but is just as inaccurate as they was when he regaled them to his ghost writer, Barry Wynne. Particularly, those who are addicted to Downton Abbey. Who doesn't want to read more about Downton Abbey?? Another contributing factor in my enjoyment was my passion for Downton Abbey. They soon establish themselves as a part of the elegantly aristocratic set that included royalty, politicians, gadabouts and the fabulously rich.
She was his only daughter and he doted on her. I appreciate getting to know Catherine Wendell, Lord Porchester, and the events that marked their lives, but in looking at the bigger picture, I confess I found myself bored and disinterested. She married Don Momand ten years after Geoffreys death, again happily. The book is written by Fiona, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon, who had access to personal papers and diaries, first-hand stories, and photographs. She was the natural daughter of Alfred de Rothschild and brought an influx of wealth and glamour to life at Highclere Castle. On weekends, if you see a small army out on the trail, don't panic. Catherine is someone that I was immediately captivated by.
Life at Highclere seems to be full of hunting, parties and trips abroad. The book is historically accurate in every detail that I could personally verify. Perhaps the author could have thrown in more human interest stories. Now I must add a 'real' trip to Highclere Castle. One of the bits that stuck with me from this section was the fact that unlike many noble households, the Carnarvons actually encouraged and permitted servants to have romantic relationships. Three couples, one question: Will they chose love or money? She did a great job helping readers to understand what was going on in the world at the time and how it impacted Highclare Castle.
It The title of this book is misleading. I have a number of friends who are big fans, and my wife has enjoyed the couple of seasons she has watched. Although Almina still occasionally came to stay, Catherine's own American mother, Mrs. Having established himself as a bon vivant, Porchey also established himself as a womanizer, and the marriage with Catherine ended in 1936. Her first, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, covers the preceding years which correspond to the early seasons of the show.
They both had an unshakeable belief that they could find archeological gold in the Valley of the Kings. 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. I was more interested in the Castle and its occupants and wish the book would have concentrated more on those details rather than the long chapters describing every battle of the war and the movement of troops. Advance copy received via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. A New York Times bestseller, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey 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 Lady Almina, the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle. Porchey's second wife was Tilley Losch, an actress who brought a touch of Hollywood to Highclere, as did Catherine's mother who was close friends with Adele Astaire now Lady Cavendish. Alas, there were relatively few overlaps between the two duties other than some children being inches away from machine gun fire at one point.
Upon his death in 1923, Porchey short for Lord Porchester , and his American wife Catherine become the 6th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. She also paints a picture of life as a servant at Highclere as being rather glamorous. We got a lot more of Catherine's life than we did of Almina's in her book, just because of how long each of their husbands lived. Lady Almina was the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. That should come as no surprise.
The narrator was really good. One of the hosts, Percy Griffiths, is mentioned as taking part in fact fell off a horse and died the previous year! I am more interested in thoughts and feelings of all who lived there that would come from diaries, rather than from guest lists for parties. Likewise, the details of the parties was a bit over the top, although that might have been the point. Particularly, those who are addicted to Downton Abbey. I was fascinated by how many of the plot twists in that story were ripped right from the true experiences of these people and their magnificent estate. Catherine Wendell was the daughter of an upper class American family living in reduced circumstances in London after World War I.
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. The events of her childhood along with her climb to become Lady Carnarvon was very interesting. Note: This is Fiona's second book. So, when I saw this book, I thought I'd listen to the audiobook to see if it might be something I'd be interested in watching. Although the narrative is a bit rambling in some parts and somewhat disjointed in others, I still really enjoyed listening to narrate this audiobook.