Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

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Sometimes the facts are even more extraordinary than the fiction. Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story of the beautiful American heiress who lived at Highclere Castle, the setting for Julian Fellowes' television drama Downton Abbey. Glamorous and wealthy, Catherine became the toast of London society when she travelled across the Atlantic in 1920 to marry the Earl of Porchester, or 'Porchy', as he was known. At just 19 Catherine had to learn how to organise and host the lavish banquets and weekend house parties that Porchy so loved. She found herself suddenly in charge of the more than eighty staff working at Highclere Castle, and persuaded her husband to improve their living and working conditions. But things were far from perfect. The demands of running such a large household were greater than Lady Catherine had expected.
Publisher: London : Hodder, 2013
ISBN: 9781444762112
9781444762105
Branch Call Number: 942.271 CAR NVD
Characteristics: xii, 350 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles., genealogical table, map, portraits. ; 24 cm

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This is a fascinating read of the lives of the rich and famous in the 1920's and '30's. It is written objectively, with some social context. The amorality of the upper class at the time, the lack of empahty for the poor. they were like a class of sociaopaths. Catherine has the luxury of a nervous break down when she makes the decision to divorce her husband. Porchey never does repent his life of squandor and philandering. Makes one happy that those days have past and the social revolution has at least made the wealthy aware of the consequences of thier wealth.
This book is not intended to be a charming re-telling of the BBC tv show. It is a hard look at the real Downton Abbey. Brava to Carnarvon for writing this story for posterity.

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karasmum
Mar 26, 2014

This is one of the most horribly written books, I have read in a while. Obviously the writer is not a writer by trade or nature. I found it a boring, trite and superficial look at a set of people, from a dying era. Over and above that, I found no real redeeming qualities of character in the Earl of Porchester or his set of cronies. If you are looking for better writing, stick to the dramatic BBC production of 'Downton Abbey, on Masterpiece Theater..

ChristchurchLib Jan 22, 2014

"Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American who married Lady Almina's son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon." Biography and Memoir January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f258d59c-5047-4e99-84b0-f4d1d04ff18e?postId=84e6a621-a5ec-40c1-a752-d42f6fa838f2

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sbyers
Jan 07, 2014

A delightful book,easy to read. Fiona Carnovan chronicles her families history weaving in historical events and the mores that governed each generation.

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