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Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the setting for Julian Fellowess Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Catherine Wendell. In this transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, Catherine, a beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Alminas son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, presides over the grand estate during a tumultuous time for the British aristocracy. 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, Highcleres survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balanceas was peace between the nations of Europe.
Using copious materialsincluding diaries and scrapbooksfrom the castles 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.. Welcome to Highclere Castlemagnificent film location of Downton Abbey and home of the Carnarvon family, on whom the Crawleys are based. Youll be riveted by the real-life story of Catherine Wendell, the American beauty who won the heart of young Lord Carnarvon on the eve of World War II. Follow their romantic and rocky relationship, from luxurious lifestyle, through tumultuous times of war and scandal. Softcover; 354 pages; over 100 photographs.