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Almina Carnarvon Fifth Countess and her Secrets

An illustrated talk by the Author of three books on Almina, Lady Carnarvon 1876-1969

Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon of Highclee Castle

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.


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Date and Time:

13 November 2013 at 2:00 pm


2 hours



Cowbridge U3A
Cowbridge Town Hall
High Street
CF71 7AD

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Organised by:

William Cross, FSA Scot
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William Cross, FSA Scot is the author of five books on the Carnarvons of Highclere Castle, the back drop to TV's Downton Abbey

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