The real story behind the plot of ‘Downton Abbey’

DAfter six seasons as a series and a movie, the second part of ‘Downton Abbey’ hits the big screen. A production in which the best thing, according to all the critics, is the way of exposing the story, the details and the fidelity to what happened in an original way. The series, which focuses on what happened in United Kingdom from the beginning of the 20th century until after the First World Warperfectly shows the society of the time, how the privileges of some (the wealthiest) are diminishing to achieve a more egalitarian society.

The industrialization that changes everything

One of the protagonists of the series, Lord GranthamAre you the first to notice the changes in society and the lifestyle of such ‘exquisite’ houses? like yours, will die out completely over the years. It is perceived that the change in the economy happens due to industrialization, a new social class is born that knows how to make money, but that has no name or family history that can compare them to the British nobility.

It’s the beginning of Great War that gives rise to everything. In the series, the episode is narrated at a party at the hacienda de CrawleyAnd from that moment everything will change. After the end of the First Warthe emergence of communism as a new political regime in much of Europe marks a before and after in history, which is reflected very clearly in the series.

Before that happens, the family Crowley immerses himself fully in the war conflict and decides that his luxurious estate will become a recovery center for wounded officers in which stories follow one another, many real, others invented, but which are based on the reality that many houses nobility of the time were used for that purpose. That brutal clash with reality, began to change the mentality of society, and most importantly, of the youngest.

the 20’s

The recovery of Europe, devastated for the most part by the bombing of the war, it began with much less population, mainly male, due to the dead. It is at that moment that women begin to work to support their families and be able to provide for their homes. In the series, we see the reflection of these circumstances in the count’s daughters. The biggest, Lady Mary -Michelle Cokery- She has a tough character and is not very friendly to changes given her position, but her intelligence and vision of the future make her aware of the economic changes and she begins to create businesses on the farm, which modernize for the future.

Not only socially, but also personally, the changes in the series are seen. to be one widow `closed? happens to open and to have sexual relations with a suitor, something that at that time was crazy.

The other daughter of the count, Lady Edith Crawley, is the old maid of the family, something not very well seen at the time, but his skills mean that, starting from the bottom, he ends up directing his own magazine. The youngest of the family, who dies, marries the family’s communist driver, something unthinkable years ago in such a closed society.

Obvious changes in society

There are many changes that can be seen perfectly reflected in the series at the beginning of twentieth century. From the changes in fashion and dress, which went from exquisiteness and sobriety, to comfort and shorter clothes that allowed part of the woman’s body to show. Another change well reflected in the series is that of the reign of George V. The Fall of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kiser Wilhelm II of Germanycaused the English George V to succeed his father in 1910. A reign in which the highlight is the expansion of the empire, the colonies, and India, which would not be independent until the 1950s.

Today, the British royal house is Windsorsomething that changed in 1917 when they went to that name leaving aside the surname Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. A way to avoid being related to their German origins, at one of the times when anti-Germanism was predominant in Europe. whoever was the Elizabeth II’s grandfather, George V, lived in his reign a multitude of political changes: socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism and the first sketches of what would be the independence movements in India.

Another change is the arrival of politicians to the British government. In 1924 Labor Prime Minister of the country is appointed. A great political change that marked a before and after in this section for English speakers.

‘Downton Abbey, a new era’.

That is the title of the second film in the series that arrives on Friday at the theaters. Many wait to see how the events on the screen that marked the Europe of the 20th century and to know if the end of it will be the culmination of the saga, or we will find an open ending in which a third installment can be guessed in which they show us in the same way, the situation in the world in the following decades.