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Telynor's Library, and then some

A woman of a certain age who has three cats underfoot, and has the dream of filling her passport with stamps. Books, classical music, tea, cats, movies, art, fancy needlework,  and anything else I can think of.

Wealth, archaeology and the high life

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle - Fiona,  Countess of Carnarvon

A very entertaining look at the real Downton Abbey -- Highclere Castle -- and one of the countesses that lived there. Almina Wombwell was pretty, but also very wealthy. Where it gets unusual is who Almina's real father was -- Alfred de Rothschild, and his wealth is what got Almina accepted by England's aristocracy. She grew up wealthy, privileged, and would marry the Earl of Carnarvon. She bore children, supported her husband, modernized Highclere, and would help back the event that launched Carnarvon into history -- the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. While the writing isn't top-notch, the story that it tells is. Four stars overall, and recommended.

For the longer review, please go here:
http://www.epinions.com/review/lady_almina_and_the_real_downton_abbey_the_lost_legacy_of_highclere_castle_by_countess_of_carnarvon_staff_2011_paperback/content_645183737476