Howling Frog Books recently read and reviewed Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
Almina was good (if extravagant) at running a great house, and before World War I came along, Highclere was a model of its kind. It all sounds much more pleasant than Downton Abbey, but I guess you can’t build a soap opera on nice people. The Earl was hugely interested in Egyptology and they traveled out to Egypt several times–yep, he was that Lord Carnarvon!–before the war, which of course changed everything.
Read the full review.
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