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Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey šŸ“š a book review

January 11, 2016

Downton Abbey has got to be one of my all time favourite programmes on television today. The most amazing scenery, costumes and a storyline that makes you wish it would never end. I just love how everyone and everything done in that era was done with poise, dedication and elegance. Disciplines we definitely lack today.

If I were to choose any era to go back in time to, it would definately be Britain in the early 1900’s. But of course I’d prefer to live in the large estates like Downton, preferably living upstairs rather than downstairs.

After becoming addicted to the television period drama I wanted to find out more about the real Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle. This is when I came across this book.


The Book –

Just 19 when she married the 5th Earl, Almina was actually the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild. She arrived with a stupendous dowry and the book moves on to uncover many fascinating stories on life, both upstairs and downstairs, at the Castle during Edwardian times. She attended the funeral of Queen Victoria, the coronation of Edward VII and all the other grand and royal events.

Lady Almina

Life changed in August 1914 when the First World War broke out and Almina rolled up her sleeves, turned Highclere Castle into a hospital and began to admit patients coming back from the trenches.

The stories of the men whose lives and limbs she saved are moving and fascinating and provide an excellent reading companion to the fictional portrayal of the convalescent home in Downton Abbey.


A fabulous read and highly recommended whether you watch Downton Abbey or not. A really interesting read into how this real life family of Highclere Castle coped with the goings on of the era. 

I am now planning a trip to visit Highclere Castle although you really must buy tickets well in advance!

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey is available to purchase on amazon & at all major bookshops.

I am now super excited to read the follow up Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey also by the Countess of Carnavon. 


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