Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey
Highclere Castle is the grand estate that is the setting for the very popular PBS Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey. This is the true story of the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, (Porchey) and his wife the American born Catherine Wendell. Porchey and Catherine are the grandparents of the current Earl of Carnarvon (whose wife is the author) Actually there were two 6th Countesses but the book follows Catherine in particular. I found it very interesting to read about how WWII affected Britain and the aristocrats living at Highclere Castle. Also of interest is the grand scale of the home itself and the lavish (and may I say loose?) lifestyle of some of its occupants. Did I type that out loud?
This is the second book by Countess Carnarvon. The first was Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle.