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The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon

The real story of Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle, Tutankhamun and Downton Abbey Fame


Almina Carnarvon has left behind a curse as deadly as the one that overshadowed her legendry husband, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, co-discoverer with Howard Carter of the Tomb of Tutankhamun. She ploughed through a King’s ransom, inherited from one of the Rothschild family, leaving her playboy son enraged. In the Great War she reigned supreme as a Society leader who abandoned her comfy drawing room to treat wounded Officers at her own expense. Her later plush Nursing Homes served the rich, famous and privileged, earning her celebrity status She controlled men like a puppet master but she lost everything to bankruptcy.

This book offers insight into Almina’s life and times and discloses many secrets. The narrative reveals a riches-to-rags story over nine decades of the barely 5 feet high, Pocket Venus plunged into an artificial marriage with a boorish, craggy faced Earl, ten years her senior, a virtual invalid who failed her as a companion and a lover.

Almina reinvented herself several times, married twice, she lived with a business partner for 20 years, entirely undisclosed to her family, who walked in the highest echelons of Society, swindled her own son and ended her days in an ordinary terraced house in Bristol, perishing aged 93, in a horrendous “accident” in 1969. This is a tale to rock the old world Establishment.


Speaker(s):

Mr William Cross, FSA Scot | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

28 March 2014 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Pontllanfraith Branch of Gwent Historical Association
Pontllanfraith House
Blackwood Road
Pontllanfraith
NP12 2YW


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Organised by:

William Cross, FSA Scot
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Additional Information:

This talk is based on Will Cross's FIVE BOOKS on the Carnarvin Family of Highclere castle

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