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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
Historisch-biografischer Roman von 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.
Highclere Castle war der Schauplatz der überaus beliebten Fernsehserie Downton Abbey. Fiona Carnarvon oder Countess of Carnarvon, die selber dort in der Gegenwart eingeheiratet hat, beschreibt in diesem Buch die Geschichte von einer früheren Ehefrau eines der adligen Besitzer des Schlosses in der Zeit vor und während des 1. Weltkriegs. “I found the story of Lady Almina more inspiring and intriguing than the Downton Abbey TV series it inspired. She was a truly remarkable lady living in a truly remarkable time. The descriptions of the lavish house and grounds and the cast of thousands orchestrating the opulent lifestyle of Lady Almina and her husband would make their lifestyle seem shallow if it were not juxtaposed with her extensive charitable work and his archaeological explorations.” (Rezensentin) (1.422 Rezensionen / 4,4 Sterne), 321 Seiten noch günstig?