by Morley Evans
History never actually begins and ends. History is an ongoing play with millions of actors and thousands of subplots. Human action is far more complicated and interesting than any work of fiction. An understanding of history makes a work of fiction like Downton Abbey come alive. The author of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, has a broad understanding of history, himself, as well as a keen understanding of people, making Downton Abbey fascinating and popular.
Here is a link to the Seven Years' War — which was the first world war and the beginning of modern history: