This book was absolutely riveting I would call this one un put downableit was a smashing read and I enjoyed every page Books ike this make me excited about history Don t we all wish we could wave our magic wands and become the Crawley family iving the high In a Glass Grimmly life at Downton Abbey For Lady Almina Carnarvon that dream was a realitySee my full review here Ioved this book LOVED it If you read it New Directions in American Intellectual History looking for Downton you will be disappointed If you read it as the story of theife of an amazing woman and an amazing time it is brilliantLady Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon was the illegitimate daughter of a Rothschild She inhabited a world of African Immigrant Families in the United States: Transnational Lives and Schooling luxery and convenience that even a modern woman will be awed by Her marriage to the 5th Earl was to wash clean her background and to remove the debt from the family Her dowry included Rothschild paying off all of her husband to be s debts As well as an annual income of 22000 per year Her first year of marriage included a State Visit from the Prince of Wales Her husband was the Earl who supported Howard Carter s excavations in the Valley of the Kings that culminated in the discovery of the tomb of King Tut But Almina was an empty headed socialite She was a campaigner and when WWI started she became a working Nurse at Highclere andater a hospital in a London home At this time there was virtually no public health it was up to the wealthy to create and staff hospitals She demanded the best from her staff and her doctors and had an amazing survival rate While the wealth and privileges were astonishing she embraced with great power comes great responsibility This title is certainly a The House of Saulx-Tavanes: Versailles and Burgundy, 1700-1830 lovely find especially for anyone who enjoys digging up intriguing history You don t have to be a fan of the TV show to enjoy the book as there is maybe only mention to the show at the beginning of the book and that s it From there on it s pure and actual historyMy favorite parts of the story are about how Highclere was turned into a hospital during World War I There s aot that Lady Almina had to do to keep it up and running but it seems The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized like a very worthwhile jobThere s tons of interesting tidbits interspersed all throughout Such asearning the fact that children growing up in the nursery had to use the servants back stairs to stay out of sight from the adults in the family That was a shockerI Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) loved the book myself If what happened at Highclere Castle is any indication of what was happening to other similar estates at the time it sure was intriguing to study up on Lady Almina made a fineady of house she was industrious and knew how to get in and do the work to pull a big plan together She s a strong woman and it made her story an interesting one Yeah I read this Why Because I m a ady you see Please pay me no heedThis is the story of Highclere Castle at its prime Specifically it focuses on Lady Almina her husband Lord Carnarvon and their family As the subtitle suggests Highclere is the impressive house better known to the world these days as Downton Abbey and that is why this book exists There are marked similarities between what viewers of that hit television show will recognize and what actually happened at Highclere especially during the Great War period so DA fans will not be disappointed They may however be bogged down with history than they expected This is not a place you l receive a full erudite ecture upon Victorian and Edwardian England but it is serviceable In fact the very beginning is somewhat hard to follow what with the ords and adies with their numerous names often French or German in origin that come out marble mouthed as if your tongue has been stewing in a vat of anesthesia Those who relish pomp will delight in chapter one s description of a wedding and marriage that only money could buy However those same people are probably going to be exhausted by the history esson which is why they may not ike this book and why I enjoyed it than I expected I didn t have high hopes that there was going to be anything of substance herein In fact I m surprised to be writing this review never mind giving it 4 stars because I figured I would ve given the book up as a waste of time about halfway through But I did read this smooth yet workman ike book to the end and enjoyed its insights The Carnarvon family were aristocrats and
part of me is sickened by their excessesbuuut then I remember I ive in America I recall of me is sickened by their excessesbuuut then I remember I ive in America I recall fairly privileged ife I ve ed and it humbles me Looking beyond the entitlement you can t help but ike these people for their charity the part they played in the war the many philanthropic efforts etc etc Yes yes they had plenty of money that they didn t earn so why shouldn t they should give it back But not all of them didor do The way the system works I guess we
should be glad of the Bill Gateses of the world Beyond all that the family be glad of the Bill Gateses of the world Beyond all that the family ong reaching contacts not only in society and government but in the world in general There were fascinating connections to the Brideshead Revisited novelist Evelyn Waugh and the most incredible archaeological find of all time that made for intere. Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey eight years ago In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere and by the extraordinary people who ived there over the centuries One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination Lady Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschil. .
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of Highclere Castles expansive and expensive use as the backdrop to a television programme called Downton Abbey People actually believe inHighclere Castles expansive and expensive use as the backdrop to a television programme called Downton Abbey People actually believe in follow this TV series as mesmerised as grazing sheep watching car headlamps flicking in the winter darkness of night But the same extremes between fiction and reality portrayed in Lady Almina are at best an attempt to confuse the masses to make them actually believe the fiction much as Orson Wells first deceived half of America into eaving their homes as they thought the men from Mars were about to andWhat good features
there are in the book and there are some genuinely interesting and worthy parts albeit onlyare in the book and there are some genuinely interesting and worthy parts albeit only selected examples from Highclere s Secrets Archives are ost in the colossal wave of hypocrisy by the painfully irritating plotters Almina s true ife experiences are often scuttled just as assassin or assassins scuttled an earlier biography of her in the 1990s the reason being that on that occasion evidence was found that Almina had strayed the 6th Earl s paternity was in very great doubt The gene pool of Porchey Carnarvon s father is mentioned in the narrative but in the wrong places to bring him out with any meaningful recognition But you will find this confronted in another biography of Almina Countess of Carnarvon in addition to the rest of her secrets Besides the paternity issue which remains an open wound Almina s own paternity is a matter of some dispute Porchey the womanising 6th Earl of Carnarvon who absolutely hated his mother was first to claim publically that the millionaire banker Baron he was never a Sir Alfred de Rothschild was Almina s biological father This despite a birth certificate that states her dad was Frederick C Wombwell a gentleman although also a cad Wombwell believed he was Almina s father but he is ridiculed in Highclere s text They choose also to ignore Almina s brother who was a visitor at Highclere and to whom the Countess raised a fine memorial when he died Going back to Almina being a Rothschild bastard this nonsence has been maintained with constancy and the Wombwells discredited But there is NO proof in favour of the Rothschild in this book indeed they are as frigid as the fiction of Downton Abbey on the central point of their treatise It seems a case of employing the techniue of Mr Goebbels that if one utters a big enough untruth and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it In this case when the golden opportunity presented itself to reveal the full facts about Alfred and cite the evidence for these claims of Almina being a Rothschild the book can only declare imply the uestion of Almina s paternity can t be conclusively determined with any certainty The strengths of Lady Almina include the descriptions of Highclere ramparts at war Almina Found Her Forte As A her forte as a and spent over thirty years working steadfastly and often waywardly in private nursing care mainly pampering to the Royals the rich and the famous But none of Almina s story in the A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent later period of herife is included in the bookAlmina transferred her Castle for the Great War and My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA later moved her wartime nursing home activities to London s Mayfair But all this storyline which is well enough told is small glory in what is otherwise a cowardly approach messing with a woman sife and only stating her pleasantries Almina s real The Book of Leviathan life the character and make up of the woman her struggle forove and for own carnal pleasures as well as her motives in wanting to do something worthwhile don t get mentioned Perhaps they were afraid of scaring the horses at Highclere stud the beasts were once owned by Almina who was made bankrupt by 1951 and Nine Ghosts lived with a man twenty years her junior in a apple orchard in Somerset completely unknown to Highclere s hounds The book makes a good meal out of the rituals of Society entertaining and Almina s brave challenge to be the grandest hostess of the hour The stay at Highclere Castle by the Prince of Walesater King Edward VII in 1895 is a good chunk but this was published in a previous book by the same stable so it s double dipping Another weakness of the book is in its abrupt ending Almina s story is cut off suddenly in 1923 just after the 5th Earl s famous mosuito bite and then cruel demise That said the Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia last page refers to her second marriage to an ex army Colonel whilst saying nothing of the blackguard plunging her into a scandalous Court case of DENNISTOUN v DENNISTOUN in 1925 which cost her 100000 worth of misery In summing up Almina s next fourively decades in a single paragraph and not a very good one it شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى leaves the brainwashed reader with only that other biography to best reflect the Countess s fullife and The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) loves her glories and her descent into bankruptcy but ultimately to her greater story which in being told without warts or blemisheseaves this important unstoppable eccentric woman who really didn t give a damn a much Riding Hard lesser figure than she really was She deserves a much better memorial than a nice new book cover Fantastic read I couldn t put it dow. Ened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of theast century Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family the staff and the castle survivedThis is the remarkable story of a ost time But Highclere remains and in this book Fiona weaves Almina's journey into the heritage and history of one of England's most exuisite Victorian castle. Sting sidebars I would ve iked to have heard about the building of the house and what it ooks Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students like on the inside but then I suppose Fiona Carnarvon the currentady of the house didn t want to sap the tourism cash cow generated by visits to Highclere Daily attendance must be through the roof ILLERAMMA Kathalu lately Are you at aoss after viewing the Season 2 final episode of Downton Abbey wondering how you will make it until Season 3 airs Then pick up this book and snuggle in for a great read I think you will enjoy reading about the real people and recognize those who have American Literature Student Text lived andoved beautiful Highclere Almina inherits gobs of money from Albert Rothschild and becomes a real catch in the Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance late 1890s VictorianEdwardian society of London The 5th Earl of Carnarvon picks her and they make aove match She is strong bold energetic and knows how to ask for even money from Rothchild to accomplish all she wishes to do Trivia do you know who discovered King Tut s tomb Read this Now while I wait for Season 3 I must read about WWI and the tragedies of Gallipolli Ypres the Somme and how my grandfather might have survived crawling across Belgium I was captivated by the Downton Abbey drama on PBS and so when I discovered this book on Highclere Abbey where it was filmed and Almina Countess of Caer I m of two minds here On the one hand as someone who not only The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems likes Downton Abbey but also reallyikes pretty much anything British and VictorianEdwardian think Mitfords Sackville West Waugh this was a whole ot of fun On the other it was a ittle disconcerting just how much the author fawned over her subject Perhaps this is because she s followed in her footsteps is also the Countess of Carnarvon married to the 8th Earl Almina married the 5th and is clearly using this book to promote her home Highclere Case in point Almina remarries despite being all manner of devastated and about seven of its synonyms at the death of the Earl about seven months Black Wings of Cthulhu later No comment from the author who never hesitates to tell us exactly what Almina felt or thought about everything else that happens Here silence She also was involved in a ridiculously high profile court case between her new husband and his first wife but that gets only a tiny mention near the very end Alminaived to be 92 dying in 1969 But we see none of that I understand that this was perhaps just a biography of Almina when she was at Highclere but even then we get a TON of true tedium about her operating a hospital in London and her endless trips to Egypt to support her husband s archaeological work In other words stuff not happening at Highclere So why not give us the full story Methinks it s because Almina just isn t so appealing or glamorous any and the author was oathe to portray her as anything other than an altruistic wonder It s a uick read and the first half is really uite entertaining But the second half drove me a ittle crazy Although I enjoyed this book it was Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow Revised Edition lacking in many respects for me Butet me start with what I did The Quickie (Sexy and Short Erotica Story) likeI enjoyed the glimpse into theife and world of Lady Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon They ived and managed Highclere Castle from the ate 1800s until the Earl s death We should know our betters know that toffs will not be transparent They will only tell you what they want you to know and to minimise the scandal they will painfully minimise the accuracy Despite pointing out the howlers in the captions on several photographs and the historically flawed text in Highclere s Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey after the hardback came out in the UK ast September the transformation of this book into it s new First US Edition with the
inners unchanged confirms that viewThe book does have an attractive new cover but it s still the contentunchanged confirms that viewThe book does have an attractive new cover but it s still the content counts It s all another instance of Herbert history repeating itself There is already a ess than honourable pile up of Carnarvon family scribes who put their heavy handed gloss on the accuracy regarding past members of the clan Elsie the second 4th Countess of Carnarvon rigorously controlled and censored the posthumous biography of Henry the 4th Earl of Carnarvon a notable Victorian politician and Cabinet Minister Lady Winifred Burghclere the sister of George 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun fame Almina s husband did exactly the same stopping the eak of any embarrassing fall
out about ordy the name the egyptian nativesabout Lordy the name the Egyptian natives Lord Carnarvon in the Valley of the Kings In 1923 Lady Winfred crafted an elegant and impeccably worded posthumous sketch of her adored brother George but as seen through her very rose tinted glasses and it made no mention of faults or George s darker proclivities Almina was demolished by Winifred s blast of the trumpet in a single dull sentence Then there was the womanising 6th Earl s ghosted memoirs that stopped well short of fact about his catalogue of carnal cavorting And unsurprisingly the ghost writers have done it yet again with this book portraying Almina as a saint This The Enlightened Organization lady was no saint But there s aot at stake in only offering up a sanitised edition of Almina D She was his only daughter and he doted on her She married George the Earl of Carnarvon at 19 with an enormous dowry At first Leading Change: How Successful Leaders Approach Change Management life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banuets 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 outife at Highclere changed forever History interv. ,