Oxenham wrote several other series which tie in with the main Abbey Series; these are known as . Characters first used in other titles or series are introduced into the Abbey Series - sometimes stretching the internal chronology. A particular example of this is the character Robin (Robertina) Brent. She first appears as a 12-year-old in , an published in 1909. But she reappears as a 17 to 18-year-old in three titles: (1937), (1938) - both in the Abbey Series - and (1957), an , as well as appearing in the book that bears her name in the Abbey Series, (1947), when she is 21.
I thought that with the final season of the popular television show “Downton Abbey” now airing in the United States it would be a good time for a post about the series. In this post I will discuss the many members of the fictional Crawley family, the service staff of Downton Abbey and a variety of supporting characters that have been featured on the show. I will also give a brief synopsis of each of the six seasons and highlight some of the locations around England where the Downton Abbey series had filmed, including the iconic Highclere Castle.
When Julian Fellowes was writing the initial storyline for the series he always had Highclere Castle in Hampshire England in mind as the fictional setting for the Downton Abbey series. Highclere is the ancestral home of the Carnarvon family and Fellowes had visited often as a personal friend of the Earl and Countess Carnarvon. The beautiful interior rooms, lavish furnishings and extensive art collection are the perfect setting for the fictional aristocratic Crawley family featured in the Downton Abbey television series.
The Downton Abbey series is set at the fictional Yorkshire country estate of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. Over the six seasons of the show, which spans the time from post-Edwardian England to mid-1920s, numerous actual historical events are included in the storylines. The series opens with news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, then in the second season First World War has started, then in the third season the characters go through the post-war period and the Spanish influenza pandemic, in the fourth season there is the Teapot Dome scandal and in fifth season and sixth seasons the characters have moved forward into the “roaring twenties” with numerous changes in social behavior, fashions and the daily use of modern day inventions which become a part of the lives of the people of Downton Abbey.
Pictorial boards from the first edition, (1920), of the book which gave its name to the whole series
|Author||Elsie J. Oxenham|
|Illustrator||Arthur A. Dixon|
|Cover artist||presumably also Arthur A. Dixon|
|Series||The Abbey Series|
|1st edition 1920|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Preceded by||The Girls of the Hamlet Club|
|Followed by||The Girls of the Abbey School|