Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: The Countess of Carnarvon

Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2013

Duration: 10 hours 24 minutes

Summary:

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 woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.
Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.

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  • Carol Conway

    Excellent and engaging book for anyone who is curious about the real Downton Abbey. The narrator guides us through the trials and tribulations of real people who lived through two world wars, the "roaring twenties" and a way of life turned upside down. "Cousin Isabel" gives a superb rendition of real history!