Jan 242013

Spotlighting the Splendor, Secrets, and Spirit of Downton Abbey

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom πŸ™‚

This companion to Downton Abbey(seasons one and two) is filled with such lush and arresting visuals I had to do more than merely write a review! I hope this little video I made of the chapter pages and included flip-through help illustrate the gorgeous artwork, stunning layout, and massive amount of information to be absorbed in these pages.

Fans of the ITV/PBS miniseries will delight in learning more about the Edwardian time period, the daily routines and lifestyles of aristocrats and servants, and the real-life stories about people who lived during this Era. I especially enjoyed the little nuggets of information and history that came from diaries, journals, and memoirs of people who spent their lives in service. In addition, I loved reading accounts and descriptions of the real-life people who inspired characters in the series such as Lady Cora, Sir Richard Carlisle, and The Dowager Countess. I truly believe that every Downton Abbey addict and devotee NEEDS to own this sumptuous, illuminating, and thorough companion novel!

Please pardon my amateur video making abilities, this was my very first attempt. πŸ˜‰

I’m now very eager to get my hands on The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era, which I understand covers the third season of Downton Abbey and more in-depth character analyses and histories.

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  9 Responses to “The World of Downton Abbey – Jessica Fellowes”


    I’ve been dying to buy this and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey books. I got to flick through the The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era at Dymocks the other day, it looks like a keeper πŸ™‚ Thankyou for this review!


      You are most welcome! I can’t wait to get my hands on The Chronicles of DA! I so thoroughly enjoyed this one! I hope you obtain a copy of one of these real soon!


    I bought this book for myself last May and have been saving it for a special treat. It is now the next book I am going to start. You did a wonderful job with the video–well done, and the book is luscious!

    Now that we are well into season 3, my mind is turning on all things Downton. Thanks for the heads up on Chronicles–I hadn’t heard of it, but it seems that another present from me to me is in order! πŸ™‚


    Lovely review and video, Meredith! I’m glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did. The pictures in it are just beautiful. I have The Chronicles of Downton Abbey on my bookshelf and I am so excited to start reading it!!

    *And I love your new blog makeover!!;)


      Thank you, Kelli! Oh you lucky girl! I’m sure that one is just as great! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

      Thank you for your kind words, it is still in progress. Will hopefully get around to finishing it up soon!


    Your video ROCKS!!


    Hi Meredith! I’m Teresa. Thanks for your review! . I love Downton Abbey! . In Spain it has succeed and I think it’ one of the best series I’ve ever seen. It has everything: romance, drama, history and a beautiful and elegant atmosphere!. Thanks for the video because it shows how complete the book is, full of details, photos … It’s charming and the music so romantic!. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Downton Abbey.
    Que tengas un buen dia! (Have a nice day!)

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