According to The Times, the auction house resembled a private view at the Royal Academy. This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review. Bennet in order to reveal how marriage was the only way to ensure the financial stability of a young woman due to the constraints the patriarchy placed on women during the period. I found it very hard to get 'connected' with any of the wealthy people who lived at Highclere during this time period. Her first, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, covers the preceding years which correspond to the early seasons of the show. That disturbing, hidden truth is even more astonishing.
They married in 1922, and after the unexpected death of Almina's husband, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, they moved into Highclere Castle. Gossipy and fun, with a good history lesson—sure to delight Downton Abbey fans. On 12 May Catherine left Highclere for the Ritz. Catherine Wendell first met Lord Porchester Porchey , son of Lady Almina, the heir to Highclere and 6th Earl of Carnarvon, in Gibraltar. He owed half a million pounds in death duties and was told by his solicitor that Highclere would probably have to be sold. Her new husband gradually revealed himself to be a scandalous rogue, squandering their money and pursuing silent movie stars across London.
Though certainly fascinating and well-researched, I wasn't able to connect with this book. Some parts of the book are adequate and praiseworthy. The visitor books at Highclere record several weekend racing or shooting parties when both Prince George and Poppy were staying. An early girlfriend was Miss Poppy Baring; very pretty with short dark hair — the classic flapper. I'm a little disappointed, honestly--I was sure this one had so much potential, both as a book, and from a marketing standpoint. I was fascinated by how many of the plot twists in that story were ripped right from the true experiences of these people and their magnificent estate.
By the end of that year she had bought a house on Wilton Crescent in London with the generous financial settlement from Porchey. While I did like the stories of Porchey and Catherine, most of the book was just a scandal sheet. Members of the team that discovered Tutankhamen's tomb pose outside the entrance the 5th Earl of Carnarvon is third from the right and his daughter Evelyn is holding the arm of Howard Carter Almost in despair, Porchey went to his mother. Catherine is someone that I was immediately captivated by. Porchey went to see her the following day and walked out of the hotel afterwards feeling nearly as sad as she did. Racing, shooting weekends, and house parties are described in great detail, and vividly come to life. Even though Lady Catherine spent most of her life in the lap of luxury, I liked that she dealt with trials and tribulations, just like a normal person.
Particularly, those who are addicted to Downton Abbey. Catherine married Geoffrey Grenfell in 1938, with whom she was happy, but just two years later he was declared missing presumed dead after his ship was sunk during a naval action off Norway. The book is written by Fiona, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon, who had access to personal papers and diaries, first-hand stories, and photographs. Glamorous and wealthy, Catherine became the toast of London society and married the son of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Porchester, or 'Porchey', as he was known. One staff member, the valet-turned-butler Robert Taylor, was a war hero whose romance and war exploits are recorded in detail. Porchey's father, the famous Lord Carnarvon who discovered King Tut's tomb along with Howard Carter, died suddenly making Porchey the next Earl rather quickly. Allen, her neighbors in Fullerton, invite her to accompany them as they vacation in the English town of Bath.
Porchey joined the war effort as an army adjutant later a liaison officer and was commended by the Americans stationed near Highclere. Highclere Castle and the Estate were turned into homes for evacuee children as well as lodging for soldiers. England I'm not sure if I'm just being silly, but I've never actually watched the show. However, few women were able to travel to the other parts where British were ruling in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Almina was a powerful personality with boundless energy for getting things done. The family sees itself as the stewards of an estate that has offered jobs, focus, and history for the surrounding countryside and England itself.
This is the second book by Countess Carnarvon. Somewhat recommended, but only if you are really interested in the history of the time. I love reading about the ups and downs of a person's life, how they coped, and how they eventually overcame obstacles. I really appreciate t I'm not sure if I'm just being silly, but I've never actually watched the show. One strength of the book is that the lives of the staff are also examined in great detail. Today, she manages affairs at Highclere Castle, home of the worldwide television drama Downton Abbey, including overseeing its grounds and gardens and many special events such as the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the Castle. Catherine's husband joined the navy while Porchey's new wife quickly left for America.
While I did like the stories of Porchey and Catherine, most of the book was just a scandal sheet. I am more interested in thoughts and feelings of all who lived there that would come from diaries, rather than from guest lists for parties. Catherine Wendell first met Lord Porchester Porchey , son of Lady Almina, the heir to Highclere and 6th Earl of Carnarvon, in Gibraltar. Most interesting to me were the famous figures that flitted through the Carnarvon's life at Highclere. 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.
The 5th Earl was only 56 when he died and Porchey and Catherine had been married less than a year. I received this book courtesy of the publisher for reviewing purposes. She had battled her depression and her drink problem and the worst upset of her life was behind her. Although Almina still occasionally came to stay, Catherine's own American mother, Mrs. At the beginning of the , Lady Carnarvon opened a hospital for war wounded at Highclere Castle, helping with the organisation and assisting as a nurse.
The book is not really biography, but more a history written by a member of the family showing all in the best light possible. At just nineteen and utterly entrancing, she had already received many proposals of marriage and immediately caught twenty-four-year-old Porcheys discerning eye. She continued to provide financial support for Carter's excavation of the tomb until 1925, when she reached a settlement with the Egyptian authorities whereby she gave up any claim on the contents of the tomb in return for £36,000 compensation. At 35, she was still an attractive woman with a love of dancing and music. It paints a very vivid picture of life in England in the early 1900s, both at Highclere and in London, for the rich and the poor alike though granted, mostly for the former. I read this book while also reading Servants, by Lucy Lethbridge, and found the contrast between the two sets of people living in these grand country houses ri Starting this book I had to laugh several times since these stinking filthy rich aristocrats did nothing with their time other than chase one another around the world.