Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

The show Downton Abbey has always intrigued me. I’ve caught a few episodes of the first season, but at that point it wasn’t on Netflix, so I couldn’t watch the whole thing in order. Now that everyone is watching it, I’m dying to watch the whole thing, because I know I’ll be instantly hooked. Which is why I have stayed farrrrrrr away from my Netflix account. Because when I’m watching Netflix shows…I do not read.

However, when I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend, killing time, there as a 3 for 2 sale, and this bio of Lady Almina caught my eye, claiming to be the inspiration for the show. I needed a third book to complete my stack, so why not?


This book was not as drama-filled as I had hoped, but it was fairly interesting. It was mostly about WWI, and the morphing of Highclere Castle into a war hospital. It is very detailed and covers a lot of time in a little less than 300 pages. The author is Lady Fiona Carnarvon, who married the current Earl of Carnarvon. She actually lives at Highclere Castle currently.

If you like British history as I do, you will find this interesting. It’s not an exciting read, but a fascinating one. This is not a time period I have read about previously, so I am glad I picked it up.