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Jean Plaidy

(Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert)
UK flag (1906 - 1993)

aka Eleanor Burford, Philippa Carr, Elbur Ford, Victoria Holt, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, Ellalice Tate

Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert, was one of the preeminent English authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century. She used eight pennames during her career and many of her readersunder one penname never suspected her other identities. In 1941, she began signing her novels with her maiden name: Eleanor Burford, later she createdher first and most prolific pseudonym: Jean Plaidy. In the 1950's she used the pseudonyms: Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate. In 1960, shecreated the pseudonyms: Anna Percival and the popular Victoria Holt. In 1972, she created her last pseudonym Philippa Carr. (Some of her novels werereedited as different pseudonyms)

Eleanor Alice Burford was born on September 01, 1906 in Kensington, London.Her father, Joseph Burford, was something of an odd-job man, with no steady profession, but he quickly passed on his great love of books to his youngdaughter. She was an avid reader from the age of four onwards. In her early twenties, she married a leather merchant, George Percival Hibbert, whoshared her love of books and reading.

She died on January 18, 1993 at sea, somewhere between Greece and Port Said, Egypt. By the time of her death, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold morethan 14 million copies worldwide. Her last novel The Black Opal as Victoria Holt was published posthumously, under this pseudonym, she sold 56 millon copies and as Phillipa Carr, 3 million.

Genres: Historical, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Tudor Saga
   1. Uneasy Lies the Head (1982)

     aka To Hold the Crown

   2. Katharine, the Virgin Widow (1961)
   3. The Shadow of the Pomegranate (1962)
   4. The King's Secret Matter (1962)
   5. Murder Most Royal (1949)
     aka King's Pleasure
   6. Saint Thomas' Eve (1954)

     aka The King's Confidante

   7. The Sixth Wife (1953)
   8. The Thistle and the Rose (1963)
   9. Mary, Queen of France (1964)
   10. The Spanish Bridegroom (1954)

     aka For a Queen's Love

   11. Lord Robert (1955)

     aka A Favorite of the Queen

Catherine De Medici
   1. Madame Serpent (1951)
   2. The Italian Woman (1952)
     aka The Unholy Woman
   3. Queen Jezebel (1953)
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
   1. The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (1955) (as by Eleanor Burford)
     aka Mary, Queen of Scotland: The Triumphant Year
   2. The Captive Queen of Scots (1963)
Stuart Saga
   1. The Murder in the Tower (1964)
   2. A Health Unto His Majesty (1956)
   3. The Wandering Prince (1956)
   4. Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord (1957)
   5. The Three Crowns (1965)
   6. The Haunted Sisters (1966)

     aka Royal Sisters

   7. The Queen's Favourites (1966)

     aka Courting Her Highness

Georgian Saga
   1. The Princess of Celle (1967)
   2. Queen in Waiting (1967)
   3. Caroline, the Queen (1968)
   4. The Prince and the Quakeress (1968)
   5. The Third George (1969)
   6. Perdita's Prince (1969)
   7. Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill (1970)
   8. Indiscretions of the Queen (1970)
   9. The Regent's Daughter (1971)
   10. Goddess of the Green Room (1971)
   11. Victoria in the Wings (1972)
Daughters of England (as by Philippa Carr)
   1. Miracle At St. Brunos (1972)
   2. The Lion Triumphant (1973)
   3. The Witch from the Sea (1975)
   4. Saraband for Two Sisters (1976)
   5. Lament for a Lost Lover (1977)
   6. The Love Child (1978)
   7. The Song of the Siren (1980)
   8. The Drop of the Dice (1981)
     aka Will You Love Me in September?
   9. The Adulteress (1982)
   10. Zipporah's Daughter (1983)
     aka The Knave of Hearts
   11. Voices in a Haunted Room (1984)
   12. The Return of the Gypsy (1985)
   13. Midsummer's Eve (1986)
   14. The Pool of Saint Branok (1987)
   15. The Changeling (1989)
   16. The Black Swan (1990)
   17. A Time for Silence (1991)
   18. The Gossamer Cord (1992)
   19. We'll Meet Again (1993)
   20. Daughters of England (1995)
Norman trilogy
   1. The Bastard King (1974)
   2. The Lion of Justice (1975)
   3. The Passionate Enemies (1976)
Plantagenet Saga
   1. The Plantagenet Prelude (1976)
   2. The Revolt of the Eaglets (1977)
   3. The Heart of the Lion (1977)
   4. The Prince of Darkness (1978)
   5. The Battle of the Queens (1978)
   6. The Queen from Provence (1979)
   7. Hammer of the Scots (1979)
     aka Edward Longshanks
   8. The Follies of the King (1980)
   9. The Vow on the Heron (1980)
   10. Passage to Pontefract (1981)
   11. The Star of Lancaster (1981)
   12. Epitaph for Three Women (1981)
   13. Red Rose of Anjou (1982)
   14. The Sun in Splendour (1982)
Queens of England
   1. Myself My Enemy (1983)

     aka Loyal in Love

   2. Queen of This Realm (1985)
   3. Victoria Victorious (1985)
   4. The Lady in the Tower (1986)
   5. The Courts of Love (1987)
   6. In the Shadow of the Crown (1988)
   7. The Queen's Secret (1989)
   8. The Reluctant Queen (1990)
   9. The Merry Monarch's Wife (1991)
     aka The Pleasures of Love
   10. The Queen's Devotion (1992)
     aka William's Wife
   11. The Rose Without a Thorn (1992)
   Daughter of Anna (1941) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Passionate Witness (1941) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The Married Lover (1942) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   When the Entire World Is Young (1943) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   So the Dreams Depart (1944) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Not in Our Stars (1945) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Together They Ride (1945)
   Beyond the Blue Mountains (1947)
   Dear Chance (1947) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Alexa (1948) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The House At Cupid's Cross (1949) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Believe the Heart (1950) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The Flesh and the Devil (1950) (as by Elbur Ford)
   The Goldsmith's Wife (1950)
     aka The King's Mistress
   Poison in Pimlico (1950) (as by Elbur Ford)
   Saint Or Sinner? (1951) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The Bed Disturbed (1952) (as by Elbur Ford)
   Bright Tomorrow (1952) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Danse Macabre (1952) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   Daughter of Satan (1952)
   Dear Delusion (1952) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Rooms at Mrs. Oliver's (1952) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   Evil in the House (1953) (as by Elbur Ford)
     aka Such Bitter Business
   Leave Me My Love (1953) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   When We Are Married (1953) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Castles in Spain (1954) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Heart's Afire (1954) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Lilith (1954) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   It Began in Vauxhall Gardens (1955) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
     aka Melisande
   Two Loves in Her Life (1955) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   When Other Hearts (1955) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Begin to Live (1956) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Call of the Blood (1956) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   Defenders of the Faith (1956) (as by Ellalice Tate)
   Married in Haste (1956) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Rochester (1957) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   The Scarlet Cloak (1957) (as by Ellalice Tate)
   To Meet a Stranger (1957) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Blaze of Noon (1958) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Pride of the Morning (1958) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The Queen of Diamonds (1958) (as by Ellalice Tate)
   The Dawn Chorus (1959) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Madame du Barry (1959) (as by Ellalice Tate)
   Milady Charlotte (1959) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   Red Sky At Night (1959) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The Brides of Lanlory (1960) (as by Anna Percival)
   Mistress of Mellyn (1960) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Night of Stars (1960) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   The World's a Stage (1960) (as by Kathleen Kellow)
   Meg Roper (1961)
   Now That April's Gone (1961) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   This Was a Man (1961) (as by Ellalice Tate)
     aka The King's Adventurer: Captain John Smith And Pocahontas
   Kirkland Revels (1962) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Who's Calling? (1962) (as by Eleanor Burford)
   Bride of Pendorric (1963) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Legend of the Seventh Virgin (1964) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Evergreen Gallant (1965)
   Menfreya in the Morning (1966) (as by Victoria Holt)
     aka Menfreya
   The King of the Castle (1967) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Queen's Confession (1968) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Shivering Sands (1969) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Secret Woman (1970) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Shadow of the Lynx (1971) (as by Victoria Holt)
   On the Night of the Seventh Moon (1972) (as by Victoria Holt) (with James Ramsey Ullman)
   The Curse of the Kings (1973) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The House of a Thousand Lanterns (1974) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Lord of the Far Island (1975) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Pride of the Peacock (1976) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Devil on Horseback (1977) (as by Victoria Holt)
   My Enemy, the Queen (1978) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Spanish Inquisition (1978)
   The Spring of the Tiger (1979) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Mask of the Enchantress (1980) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Judas Kiss (1981) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Demon Lover (1982) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Time of the Hunter's Moon (1983) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Story of Elizabeth I (1984)
   The Landower Legacy (1984) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Road to Paradise Island (1985) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Secret for a Nightingale (1986) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Silk Vendetta (1987) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Captive (1988) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The India Fan (1988) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Snare of Serpents (1990) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Daughter of Deceit (1991) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Seven for a Secret (1992) (as by Victoria Holt)
   The Black Opal (1993) (as by Victoria Holt)
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Non fiction
Omnibus editions
   Three Great Romantic Stories (1972) (as by Victoria Holt)
   Charles II: Trilogy (1972)
   Lucrezia Borgia: Madonna of the Seven Hills and Light on Lucrezia (1976)
   Last of the Stuarts (1977)
   Selected Works (1979)
   A Gothic Treasure Trove (1987) (with others)
   The Complete Tudors (2010)

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