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The Life and Secets of Almina Carnarvon

William Cross, biographer of several high society folk gives an illustrated talk on Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon of 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.


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Date and Time:

14 October 2015 at 2:00 pm


2 hours



Panteg Woman's Institute
Panteg Public Hall
Panteg Villiage

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Organised by:

William Cross, FSA Scot
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Williamk Cross is the author of FIVE books on the Carnarvons ( HERBERT FAMILY ) of Highclere Castle ( Downton Abbey) and SIX books on members of the MORGAN FAMILY of Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales

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