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The dual worlds of Britain's great houses—the aristocratic lords and ladies who lived upstairs, and the footmen, maids, valets, cooks, and butlers who worked downstairs to keep the estate running—not only underpinned British society for centuries, they have also proved endlessly fascinating to Britons and Americans alike. Here you can explore the real world that inspired Downton Abbey, from stories of individual lords and ladies (some of them American) to servant's memoirs, some of which reveal that this world was not so rosy as imagined. But from these houses also came some lovely recipes, as well as magnificent architecture and grounds, and that singular English civility that has informed good manners around the world.

 
 
 
 
 The Manners of Downton Abbey
 

The Manners of Downton Abbey

Alastair Bruce, host. Louise Wardle, director.
 
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What goes on behind the scenes to get the etiquette of 1900s Britain exactly right on Downton ...(Read More)

 
 Downton Abbey: Season 1
 

Downton Abbey: Season 1

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern & others. Brian Percival, Ben Bolt & Brian Kelly, directors.
 
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When the heirs apparent to Downton Abbey die aboard the Titanic, a complex web of ...(Read More)

 
 Downton Abbey: Season 2
 

Downton Abbey: Season 2

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Iain Glen, Jim Carter & others.
 
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As the Emmy Award–winning second season, the Great War rages across Europe, and the splendid ...(Read More)

 
 Downton Abbey: Season 3
 

Downton Abbey: Season 3

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Shirley MacLaine & others.
 
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As the long-awaited third season of the addictive Peabody– and Emmy Award–winning ...(Read More)

 
 Downton Abbey: Season 4
 

Downton Abbey: Season 4

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery & others.
 
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The Emmy-nominated Season 4 of Downton Abbey continues the sweeping family saga of romance, ...(Read More)

 
 
 Downton Abbey: Season 5
 

Downton Abbey: Season 5

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern & others.
 
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The most popular PBS drama of all time, Downton Abbey has won 10 Emmys, two Golden Globes, ...(Read More)

 
 How to Speak Brit: The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases
 

How to Speak Brit: The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases

Christopher J. Moore.
 
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Oscar Wilde once said the British have "everything in common with America nowadays except, of ...(Read More)

 
 The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era
 

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

Jessica Fellowes & Matthew Sturgis. Julian Fellowes, foreword.
 
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Naturally following The World of Downton Abbey, this gorgeously illustrated volume is a ...(Read More)

 
 The Queen's English: An A to Zed Guide To Distinctively British Words
 

The Queen's English: An A to Zed Guide To Distinctively British Words

C.J. Moore.
 
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One need never be flummoxed again. From "chips" and "crumbs" to "spending ...(Read More)

 
 The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages Across the British Isles
 

The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages Across the British Isles

Brian Yarvin.
 
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 Secrets of Highclere Castle
 

Secrets of Highclere Castle

Samuel West, narrator. Vicky Matthews, director.
 
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If, like us, you gawp at the sheer splendor of the Grantham family's demesne in Downton ...(Read More)

 
 Recipes from an Edwardian Country House: A Stately English Home Shares Its Classic Tastes
 

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House: A Stately English Home Shares Its Classic Tastes

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall.
 
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In this charmingly old-fashioned cookbook, the author of The Good Granny Guide and The ...(Read More)

 
   
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