The Real Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle

For all the Downton Abbey fans out there (and who isn’t?)…I found a book that will help tide you over until the series resumes (or at least until The Royal Baby arrives!)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey is the true story of Almina, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild who married the Earl of Carnarvon and lived in Highclere Castle-his ancestral home.  Their family is the the inspiration for Julian Fellowe’s Downton Abbey series.  Lady Almina was a remarkable woman and her story is fascinating…The Earl is famous for his travels and exploration of Egypt–and for finding King Tut’s tomb.   While the photos aren’t as satisfying as the movie settings and costumes, the real Lady and Earl are far more interesting than their fictional counterparts.  A must read for summer!

PS…I predict the Royal Baby will be a girl named Charlotte...

PSS...Downton Abbey doesn’t return until January 5, 2014!