Monday, July 16, 2012
Review: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
I just finished Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey which was recommended to me by a friend at the Jane Austen Centre. I started watching Downton Abbey while I was abroad and loved the rich cultural and historical nature of the show and the book built upon this perfectly. In the book the current Countess of Carnarvon lovingly delves into the historical details of a previous Countess, Lady Almina who bravely faced World War I by turning her husband's ancestral home into a hospital and after the war aiding her husband in his discovery of King Tut's tomb with Howard Carter. The writing, although relying on vast amounts of historical detail, is fresh and simple and I personally enjoyed the breadth of the subjects focused on, from British society, maintaining old English estates, WWI and Egyptology.