The World of Downton Abbey
TEXT ONLY EB EDITION
Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British.
Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich...more
As a huge fan of the Downton Abbey TV series, I was thrilled to find this book beckoning to me from the library’s front desk display.
It’s a lovely book with gorgeous photos and historical information about British life during the World War I era. It shows the contrasts between the wealthy Crawley family and the servants below stairs and goes into detail about the servants’ duties and the hierarchy within the staff. There are also tidbits about the people and places that ...more
It goes without saying that if ...more
BLURB: Downton Abbey' has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the show has become the benchmark for quality drama and a commentary on all things British.
'Downton Abbey' portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience, and a world of romance and rivalry. This companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before.
Step inside one of the most beautifu ...more
There is much about the show, including many terrific photos, behind the scenes information about settings and characters, etc. etc.
There is also a lot of non-fiction historical information about the period.
I enjoyed it all.
It’s a beautiful coffee table type book, with quite a bit of substance.
I kind of rushed through the last couple chapters (unfortunately) because it’s due back at the library and there is a queue ...more
This attractive book practically jumped off the library shelf into my arms. I could not resist the temptation to peruse these pages after savoring each episode of the companion Masterpiece presentation.
This is a lovely book, with fine, detailed photography. It was a pleasure poring over the pictures and reviewing the stories of each character, each episode and each place. The clarity of the photos seemed to again bring alive all those people and the residen ...more
1 star deducted because some parts seemed a bit disorganized in the presentation. Otherwise, great stuff for those of us going through Downton Abbey withdrawal symptons.
This book is not just about the TV series, but it also an endearing portray of the social, aesthetic and cultural environment of the time (end of the 19th century - beginning of the 20th century, up to the post-WWI years), period when the British aristocracy saw their traditional world deeply challenged, and progressively and irretrievably transformed.
Fans of the ITV/PBS miniseries will delight in learning more about the Edwardian time period, the daily routines and lifestyles of aristocrats and servants, ...more
The book begins with a foreword by series creator Julian Fellowes and is split into 9 different sections after that:
Life in Service
House & Estate
Source: Public Library
The pictures are beautiful and this is an absolutely gorgeous book to behold! But even more important than stunning eye candy, this book is filled with wonderful historical stories, ephemera from the time period, and suggestions for further reading and viewing. Let's take a look inside, shall we?
Family Life- the author ...more
For those like myself who, have watched and re-watched every blessed minute, yet, just can’t get enough of the award winning ITV/PBS television mini-series Downton Abbey and are in total Downton withdrawal, may I suggests this stunning full-color coffee table-sized book about the series, THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY?
The publisher touts it as a “lavish look ...more
Everything from family life to life ...more
There is a nice mix of information about the history of the time and place in which Downton Abbey is set, juicy gossip about the royalty and aristocrats of the time, fascinating information in great detail about the lives of both the aristocratic families and the servants. Far from boring, this book is a real treat and it comes with beautiful full color photos of th ...more
The book would have benefited from having more stories tied to the photographs. Some where, but not all. Some quotes of characters/actors were on photographs that they weren't even in the picture. It was distracting.
The text was overwhelmed by the photos...it was hard to keep reading in order.
But all in all, I ...more
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In the popular series Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham remarked,"My dear fellow. We all have chapters we would rather keep unpublished."
I am glad this companion book to the series was published so I could better understand the culture and history of England.
This book contains beautiful pictures from the series and the actual time period, as well as, chapters on:
Life in Service
House and Estate
Behind the Scenes
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys ...more