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Inspiration for Downton Abbey

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Below Stairs - Margaret Powell
ISBN: 9781250005441
Publication Date: 2012-01-03

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To Marry an English Lord - Gail MacColl; Carol McD. Wallace
ISBN: 0894809393
Publication Date: 1989-01-09
The inspiration for Cora Grantham came from this book. In fact, Jullian Fellowes, the write and creator of Downton Abbey read this book previous to creating the show. This novel talks about how wealthy American families shipped their daughters to England and essentially swapped money for titles. Downton Abbey picks up where this book ends: talking about what happens after the marriage takes place.


Highclere Castle and Family

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - Fiona Carnarvon; Countess of Carnarvon
ISBN: 9780770435622
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Follow Lady Carnarvon, whose life runs similar to that of Lady Cora Crawley on Downton Abbey. The story of Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for Downton Abbey, and its famous inhabitants is chronicled here. This book also comes in an audiobook and ebook.

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Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey - Fiona Carnarvon
ISBN: 9780385344968
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Having discussed the fifth Countess of Carnarvon in Lady Almina. the current Countess now takes on the life of Lady Almina's daughter-in-law, Catherine Wendell, the sixth countess. Follow the life of Lord Porchester and his wife, Lady Catherine, as they take over Highclere Castle after the death of Porchie's father. This book is also available through audiobook and ebook.


Castles and Manors and Estates. Oh my!

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Exploring Britain's Castles - AA Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9780749570750
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
This book combines information about castles with multiple glossy pictures of over 120 English castles. Partnered with the pictures, this guide offers maps, contact details, and opening times. The information provided is light enough to keep you engaged, but deep enough to hook your interest to keep reading.

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Secrets of the Manor House - PBS Home Video
Publication Date: 2012
Manor houses, estates, and castles frequently dealt with pressing financial, staffing, and construction issues. While house staff dealt with the normal every day up-keep of the house, the family who lived upstairs was not kept out of the loop. In fact, much, if not all, of the decisions lay on their shoulders with the welfare of everyone on the estate and sometimes in town depending on the success of the house. This DVD sheds light on the many different pressures that faced families to keep these homes running.

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - Fiona Carnarvon; Countess of Carnarvon
ISBN: 9780770435622
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Interested in finding out more about this book? Check out this blog post by one of our librarians at the library's Info Café blog and learn more about Lady Almina, her husband, and their beloved home.


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