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FIVE WAYS TO DEAL WITH YOUR DOWNTON ABBEY CRUSH

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On March 8 the final episode of the much-loved Downton Abbey Television Series will end. For enthusiasts, and we are many, it will be tough to say good-bye. How to shrug off our crush and still retain our fondness for the Downton Abbey world?

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1. Try some time with this delightful book. Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the real Downton Abby by the Countess of Carnarvon. I found this book, recommended by blog reader Bernie Mainzer, a swinging, ringing read. Juicy details of running a high house and the lives of the real family who lived at Highclere were mostly mesmerizing.
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey
Author: The Countess of Carnarvon
Genre: History/social life and customs
Publisher: Broadway Books (2013)
Paperback Edition 324 pages with Reader’s Guide and Bibliography
Source: Personal Copy

Also written by Fiona, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon:
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Last Legacy of Highclere Castle

2. Rewatch some of your favorite recent episodes. Episode 8 aired this week and is worthy of another look, performances so vivid and story so intriguing. Certainly, you have a favorite episode.

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3. Learn everything you can about Highclere Castle and the British Aristocracy. Is a Marquis higher than an Earl? And Higher at what or where or how? The above books contain bibiographies, PBS has several documentaries, or browse you local library.

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4.Watch the movie Gosford Park. This 2001 drama directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton, is a must see. Fellowes won the Oscar for best writing and received other nominations and awards. It stars Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Ryan Phillipe, and a long list of well-known actors. No doubt you will see one of your favorites: Kristin Scott Thomas and Kelly MacDonald are two of mine. Find it at the library, on DVD, Netflix, or at my house, one of the few DVD’s I own. Come on over.

5. Make a big bowl of popcorn and binge watch a new series. See if that is the cure? Not sure what to recommend. A British Series Death Comes to Pemberly available on Netflix is fun.