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Discover The Real World That Inspired Downton Abbey with Our Collection of Books & DVDs

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 Downton Abbey: Season 4
 

Downton Abbey: Season 4

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery & others.
 
ListPrice: $49.99
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(Preorder now for release date January 28, 2014) Downton Abbey has been a popular ...(Read More)

 
 Downton Tabby: A Parody
 

Downton Tabby: A Parody

Chris Kelly.
 
ListPrice: $10.00
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Welcome to Downton Tabby, where the aristocrats of the animal kingdom dwell in stately splendor, ...(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.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $2.98
 
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.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $17.95
 
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 Margaret Powell's Cookery Book: 500 Upstairs Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Downstairs Kitchen Maid and Cook
 

Margaret Powell's Cookery Book: 500 Upstairs Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Downstairs Kitchen Maid and Cook

Margaret Powell.
 
ListPrice: $16.99
Sale Price: $11.95
 
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 Titled Americans: The Real Heiresses' Guide to Marrying an Aristocrat
 

Titled Americans: The Real Heiresses' Guide to Marrying an Aristocrat

Eric Homberger, intro.
 
ListPrice: $17.95
Sale Price: $12.95
 
"It has been estimated that 454 American heiresses married European aristocrats in the late ...(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.
 
Sale Price: $9.98
 
Naturally following The World of Downton Abbey, this gorgeously illustrated volume is a ...(Read More)

 
 Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family
 

Downtrodden Abbey: The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family

Gillian Fetlocks.
 
ListPrice: $16.99
Sale Price: $11.95
 
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 Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance
 

Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance

Margaret Powell.
 
ListPrice: $14.99
Sale Price: $9.95
 
In this 1979 follow-up to her wildly popular memoir Below Stairs—a primary inspiration ...(Read More)

 
 Secrets of Highclere Castle
 

Secrets of Highclere Castle

Samuel West, narrator. Vicky Matthews, director.
 
ListPrice: $24.99
Sale Price: $15.95
 
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.
 
ListPrice: $16.00
Sale Price: $11.95
 
In this charmingly old-fashioned cookbook, the author of The Good Granny Guide and The ...(Read More)

 
 Ravenscliffe
 

Ravenscliffe

Jane Sanderson.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Created by former BBC radio producer Jane Sanderson, and based on some of her own family history, ...(Read More)

 
 Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times
 

Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times

Lucy Lethbridge.
 
ListPrice: $27.95
Sale Price: $19.95
 
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 Fashion in the Time of <I>The Great Gatsby</I>
 

Fashion in the Time of The Great Gatsby

LaLonnie Lehman.
 
ListPrice: $9.95
Sale Price: $7.95
 
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 Park Lane
 

Park Lane

Frances Osborne.
 
ListPrice: $15.95
Sale Price: $9.95
 
When 18-year-old Grace Campbell arrives in London in 1914, she's unable to find a position as ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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