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The Making of Downton Abbey: Setting the Scene

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Landscape historian Barbara Geiger offers background on the
setting of the popular tv series in this slide lecture.  Geiger delves into the evolution of great estates like Downton (Highclere Castle in real life) and offers background on
the landscape designers, land ownership patterns, and inheritance laws that produced them and why radical changes were inevitable. 

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