Julian Fellows was the author of the immensely popular PBS show Downton Abbey, so there is a primed audience ready for his book Belgravia.  The title refers to an area of housing that was constructed in London in the mid 1800’s.  The novel begins in June 1915 in Brussels on the eve of the battle of Waterloo.  Two families attend the Duchess  of Richmond’s ball on that fateful evening.  The Trenchard family, which includes the beautiful, young Sophia, is headed by a man who has been Wellington’s chief supplier.  He will eventually go on to become a major developer of Belgravia.  Lord Edmund Bellasis is a young English aristocrat who will die on the battlefield the next day.  The novel skips over twenty plus years to a time when these two classes of families have begun to cross social boundaries.  Just like Downton Abbey, this novel portrays a segment of English history with a look at how different types of people lived their lives.

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