Countess Fiona Carnarvon shares photos from the archive of Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the central character for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey.

Countess Fiona Carnarvon shares photos from the archive of Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the central character for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey.

A New York Times bestseller, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of Lady Almina, the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey transports readers to the 1920s and 1930s as the nations of Europe inched towards war and 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.

From Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

[Photo Credit, left: Highclere Castle Archive, "Catherine was a renowned beauty."]

[Photo Credit, below: Highclere Castle Archive, "Catherine with her children."]

[Photo Credit, bottom: Highclere Castle Archive, "Mrs Geoffrey Grenfell (Catherine), Porchey, their son Henry and Almina, Countess of Carnarvon at Penelope’s wedding April 21st 1945."]

From Lady Catherine, the Earl and the Real Downton Abbey

From Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

Congrats to Ashley A., Christina O., Martin S., Victoria M., Regina P., and 95 other members of the Read It Forward community! Their entries were selected at random to win a copies of Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon.

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  • luvprue1

    I so glad that I won this book,and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • librarygirl

    So happy that I won! Dreaming about curling up with a nice hot cup of something and poring through this fascinating story…

    • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      A nice of cup of tea would be appropriate! Enjoy the read, and do come back and let us know what you think.

  • author bob

    Really looking forward to reading this book…have loved the Downton Abbey series that addresses the reality of the impact of war on soldiers..nurses and families..for the long term

  • Victoria

    I was out-of-town last week & just saw the email that I had won this book. I am so excited to start reading & I think I will curl up with a nice cup of hot tea (like someone else mentioned). Thanks!!!

  • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

    Thanks, everybody, for entering for a chance to win. While this sweepstakes has been closed, we welcome you to check out the amazing time capsule photos above!

  • Maria Walczak

    I love the series, and have got my husband hooked too…can’t wait for the next season here in the states. Our friends across the pond are watching now.

  • Cheryl

    My daughter gave me the book for Mother’s Day. I just loved it. Is is so informational and full of historical facts. Enjoy.

    • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Wonderful, Cheryl! So glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kathleen F Nulph

    I see a resemblance between the Catherine and the actress who plays her daughter Edith..

  • Ruby A. McCracken

    Yes, my daughter got me interested in the show, and now I can’t wait for it to start again. Hope it is soon. Also, interested in the Jewelry for Christmas presents for my Grandchildren and my Daughter.

  • Ruby A. McCracken

    The person that plays the Bad Guy, seems to be coming into his own; and he is being developed as a Nice person, and his real character is beginning to come out. This will be interesting to see, as I did not like him, as probably everyone felt, but the last show he was helping someone and kind. Quite a difference, so want to see how he changes into a better person. Love the other people, especially the Head of the Housekeepers. Glad, he was acquitted of his crime, that happened years ago. The Kitchen staff are an interesting Lot. And the new Earl? and his wife, how nice they are to their family and the Household. All of these things make Downton Abbey, an Upton Place.

  • Ruby A. McCracken

    The Book, would be of great interest to read re: the Real Family. Love to read about England. Favorite Author is Rutherford: wrote Sarum, London, The Irish and the English; Past and how the IRA came into being. Of Course his book of NEW YORK, was very close to being an Historical Novel, as well as the London Book and the 2 volumes re: the Irish; Serum, re: the Stone Henge was 1st one I read. Great!!! This New Novel of the Highclere Castle would be interesting. I enjoy Historical Novels as well as the Authentic Historical Novel of this ERA and of the Real families who lived in the Castle and their roots. Hope you sell a lot of books, for people to know more of English History. Good Luck

  • Malee Hearin

    history should be true to the times, and
    Downtown Abbey is that.
    We love it.

  • donnasquaw

    I wish I would have seen this giveaway. I would have loved to have won this book.. Donna Harris

  • WilliamCross1

    For the sake of fair play and to give all your visitors/ readers all the possible choices available may I please mention that as with the previous coverage in 2011 regarding the life and times of Lady Almina ( the colourful Fifth Countess and her husband of of Tutankhamun fame) in two books with distinct differences of fact , my latest book ” Catherine and Tilly: Porchey Carnarvon’s Two Duped Wives. The Tragic Tales of the Sixth Countesses of Carnarvon” will play out for what its worth or not alongside Highclere’s latest romp on Catherine Wendell. My narrative draws on original papers, newspapers and the Wendell papers in Portsmouth Athenaeum, in Maine as well as the good will of members of the Wendell family. It is based on interviews and testimony from several people who knew and dearly loved Catherine. A sketch of the Austrian born Tilly Losch the great dancer, and bit part actress ( also briefly Sixth Countess ) is a must read for those who have an interest in old movie stars. Kind Regards, William Cross, FSA Scot, South Wales, UK.

    • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing, William.