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Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon - Excerpt

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon - Excerpt

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Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.

Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.

Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Oct 22, 2013
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Copyright © 2013 by 8th Countess of CarnarvonAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Broadway Books, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC,a Penguin Random House Company, New York.www.crownpublishing.comBroadway Books and its logo, B \ D \ W \ Y,are trademarks of Random House LLC.Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Hadder &Sloughton, a Hachette U.K. company, London, in 2013.Downton Abbey is a registered trademark of Carnival Films Ltd.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataCarnarvon, Fiona, Countess of.Lady Catherine, the earl, and the real Downton Abbey / the Countessof Carnarvon.—First edition.1. Great Britain—Social life and customs—20th century.2. Highclere Castle—History—20th century. 3. Carnarvon, HenryGeorge Alfred Herbert, Earl of, 1898–1987. 4. World War, 1939–1945— Great Britain. 5. Nobility—Great Britain—Biography. I. Carnarvon,Catherine, Countess of, 1900–1977. II. Title.DA578.C29 2013941.082092—dc23[B] 2013028842ISBN 978-0-385-34496-8eBook ISBN 978-0-385-34497-5Printed in the United States of America
Cover design by Laura KlynstraCover photograph and painting: © Highclere Castle Enterprises LLP 2013 Author photograph: © Tobi Corney Photography
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