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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
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This is a biography of the many lives of the Carnarvon family who, on which, the PBS miniseries is based upon. The actual families lives and such don't follow too closely at this point, imo, as the tv series must devise plot twists to keep us watchers coming back. I am fascinated at how important social strata is during the victorian times and how the young woman, Almina, was able to rise above her rank solely based on money...The age old tale! Many things to learn from this book, especially how the high ranks of society were much depended on during the Great War effort for their philanthropic assistance of setting up/outfitting hospitals and the many discoveries in Egypt - This 5th Early was the one who discovered King Tut's Tomb; he spent a vast fortune over his lifetime excavating egypt with this final discovery viturually months before his death.
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