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Jean Plaidy

(Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert)
UK (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.
 
Series
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. Gay Lord Robert (1955)
     aka Lord Robert / A Favorite of the Queen
Uneasy Lies the HeadKatharine, the Virgin WidowThe Shadow of the PomegranateThe King's Secret Matter
Murder Most RoyalSaint Thomas' EveThe Sixth WifeThe Thistle and the Rose
Mary, Queen of FranceThe Spanish BridegroomGay Lord Robert
 
Catherine De Medici
1. Madame Serpent (1951)
2. The Italian Woman (1952)
     aka The Unholy Woman
3. Queen Jezebel (1953)
Catherine De Medici (omnibus) (1969)
Madame SerpentThe Italian WomanQueen JezebelCatherine De Medici
 
The Murder in the TowerA Health Unto His MajestyThe Wandering PrinceHere Lies Our Sovereign Lord
The Three CrownsThe Haunted SistersThe Queen's FavouritesThe Loves of Charles II
 
Louis the Well BelovedThe Road to CompiegneFlaunting, Extravagant Queen
 
Madonna of the Seven HillsLight on LucreziaThe Borgias
 
Castile for IsabellaSpain for the SovereignsDaughters of SpainIsabella and Ferdinand
 
The Young ElizabethThe Young Mary Queen of Scots
 
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
2. The Captive Queen of Scots (1963)
The Captive Queen of Scots
 
The Princess of CelleQueen in WaitingCaroline, the QueenThe Prince and the Quakeress
The Third GeorgePerdita's PrinceSweet Lass of Richmond HillIndiscretions of the Queen
The Regent's DaughterGoddess of the Green RoomVictoria in the Wings
 
The Captive of Kensington PalaceThe Queen and Lord MThe Queen's HusbandThe Widow of Windsor
 
The Bastard KingThe Lion of JusticeThe Passionate Enemies
 
The Plantagenet PreludeThe Revolt of the EagletsThe Heart of the LionThe Prince of Darkness
The Battle of the QueensThe Queen from ProvenceHammer of the ScotsThe Follies of the King
The Vow on the HeronPassage to PontefractThe Star of LancasterEpitaph for Three Women
Red Rose of AnjouThe Sun in Splendour
 
Myself My Enemy: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles IQueen of This Realm: The Story of Elizabeth IVictoria VictoriousThe Lady in the Tower
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of AquitaineIn the Shadow of the CrownThe Queen's Secret: The Story of Queen KatherineThe Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York
The Pleasures of Love: The Story of Catherine of BraganzaWilliam's WifeThe Rose Without a Thorn
 

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