As biographer Anne Sebba tells us in the new book 'That Woman," Simpson grated on the British people, elite and ordinary, with her brash American persona. She had no strong supporters when Prince Edward struggled to make her his queen.
The world of tradition which Sebba describes mirrors the values we see in "Downton Abbey." Unlike the well-mannered family who oversees the historic mansion, Simpson was a Dorothy Parker type, cynical, satiric, and with an obvious chip on her shoulder. In terms of culture at that time, England still held the upper hand. Those were the days when university students around the world enrolled in courses on Shakespeare and Chaucer, put on British airs, and considered it essential to tour all the literary hot spots in England.
The popularity of "Downton Abbey' could boost sales of "The Woman."