Thursday, February 16, 2012

Get your Downton Abbey fix

These days it seems everyone is talking about Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece Theater series set in an Edwardian country house in the early 1900s and portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

Fortunately, for people like me who currently don't have TV reception, and for the people who just can't get enough of Downton Abbey, the library has a variety of Downton Abbey offerings.

Top on the list, of course, is season 1 and season 2 of the series on DVD. If you missed it on TV or just want to revisit the Crawleys' drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms again, these are for you.

You might also want to check out Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. This book examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon (and illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild), and the events in Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is set) during the First World War.

The World of Downton Abbey, a companion book to the British series, offers insights into the story and characters along with helpful background information on British society in the early 20th century.

Below stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell, according to the publisher, "brilliantly evokes the longvanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Rocketing back on to the UK bestseller lists almost fifty years after its initial publication, this is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high."

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