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Almina , Fifth Countess of Carnarvon

A talk on Almina Fifth Countees of Carnarvon based on her biography " The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon" by William Cross

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.


Mr William Cross, FSA Scot | talks | www


Date and Time:

9 July 2014 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Chepstow Branch of Gwent Family History Society
c/o Chepstow Leisure Centre
Welsh Street
NP16 5LR

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Organised by:

William Cross, FSA Scot
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Contact Secretary of the Chepstow Branch of the Gwent Family History Society

Membership Information:

This is a members-only event

Members of the Gwent Family History Society and their guests

Additional Information:

This talk draws on the FIVE BOOKS written by William Cross on the Herbert family ( the Lords Carnarvon) of Highclere Castle, Tutankhamun and Downton Abbey fame

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