Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon
546 WordsJan 26, 20182 Pages
It seems like everyone has fallen in love with ITV’s series, Downton Abbey.
The setting of the series “Downton Abbey” takes place at Highclere Castle, the owners and residents are the Carnarvon family. The book , “Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey” authored by the 8th Countess of Carnarvon depicts the lives of the actual family who lived at Highclere Castle - the 6th Earl of Carnarvon and his Countess, the American-born, Catherine Wendell.
The Indian experience of Lady Catherine as described in the first Chapter of this book is an example of the lives of British women who went to live with their husbands in colonial India (1). The voyage of Mayflower from Plymouth to New England in 1620 marked the British colonization overseas.
However, few women were able to travel to the other parts where British were ruling in the 17th and 18th Centuries. In India, where East India Company was laying the foundations of the British Empire or the “Raj”, women were not allowed, since life was supposed to be dangerous with diseases such as malaria, typhoid and various other endemic illnesses. The climate was also hot and humid which the English women were not exposed to.
By nineteenth century, a myriad of men and women left the homes in their homeland and traveled to the exotic and mystified country of India, where they tried to replicate their own society. The women led hidden lives, out of the history books, often supporting their husbands’ conquests and even