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Jean Plaidy (1906–1993)

Author of Mistress of Mellyn

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Jean Plaidy was a British writer who wrote under various pen names. Her real name is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert. She was born in London on September 1, 1906. Most of the books written as Jean Plaidy are historical romances based on English history featuring historical figures. The first, Beyond show more the Blue Mountains, was published in 1947. Hibbert also wrote five nonfiction histories and two children's books. Besides Jean Plaidy, Hibbert wrote under Victoria Holt, Phillipa Carr, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, and her maiden name, Eleanor Burford. Hibbert died on January 18, 1993. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Also includes: Victoria Holt (1)

Disambiguation Notice:

(spa) Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert comenzó firmando sus novelas como Eleanor Burford (su nombre de soltera), y es más conocida como Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt y Philippa Carr. Ella también escribió como Kathleen Kellow, Elbur Ford, Ellalice Tate, y Anna Percival. (Algunas de sus novelas han sido publicadas bajo diferentes títulos y seudónimos)

Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert was a British writer who began her career signing as Eleanor Burford (her maiden name), and is well-known as Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Kathleen Kellow, Elbur Ford, Ellalice Tate, and Anna Percival. Some of her novels were later re-published under different pseudonyms or titles.


Works by Jean Plaidy

Mistress of Mellyn (1960) 885 copies
The Lady in the Tower (1986) 679 copies
The India Fan (1988) 623 copies
The Shivering Sands (1969) 585 copies
Bride of Pendorric (1963) 556 copies
The Black Opal (1993) 541 copies
The Rose Without a Thorn (1993) 528 copies
Lord of the Far Island (1975) 525 copies
The Pride of the Peacock (1976) 507 copies
The Thistle and the Rose (1963) 506 copies
The Captive (1989) 496 copies
The Sixth Wife (1953) 492 copies
Mary, Queen of France (1964) 473 copies
Silk Vendetta (1987) 458 copies
My Enemy the Queen (1978) 454 copies
The Devil on Horseback (1977) 451 copies
Menfreya in the Morning (1966) 445 copies
Queen of This Realm (1984) 433 copies
The Secret Woman (1970) 431 copies
The Road to Paradise Island (1985) 426 copies
Curse of the Kings (1973) 415 copies
Legend of the Seventh Virgin (1964) 414 copies
The Landower Legacy (1984) 409 copies
Royal Road to Fotheringhay (1955) 401 copies
Snare of Serpents (1990) 396 copies
The Queen's Confession (1968) 396 copies
Seven for a Secret (1992) 392 copies
King of the Castle (1967) 391 copies
The Judas Kiss (1981) 386 copies
The Mask of the Enchantress (1980) 383 copies
The Shadow of the Lynx (1971) 373 copies
Katharine of Aragon (1968) 372 copies
The Spring of the Tiger (1979) 371 copies
The Demon Lover (1982) 350 copies
Kirkland Revels (1962) 345 copies
Secret for a Nightingale (1986) 341 copies
Daughter of Deceit (1991) 336 copies
The Plantagenet Prelude (1976) 321 copies
The Captive Queen of Scots (1963) 306 copies
The Queen's Secret (1989) 295 copies
Madame Serpent (1951) 242 copies
Myself My Enemy (1983) 240 copies
The Miracle at St. Bruno's (1972) 235 copies
Gay Lord Robert (1955) 233 copies
The Spanish Bridegroom (1954) 226 copies
Madonna of the Seven Hills (1958) 219 copies
The Revolt of the Eaglets (1977) 214 copies
Katharine the Virgin Widow (1961) 213 copies
The Italian Woman (1952) 198 copies
The King's Secret Matter (1962) 192 copies
The Bastard King (1974) 187 copies
Light on Lucrezia (1958) 186 copies
The Heart of the Lion (1977) 185 copies
Queen Jezebel (1953) 182 copies
Saraband for Two Sisters (1976) 172 copies
Hammer of the Scots (1979) 171 copies
The Queen from Provence (1979) 171 copies
The Battle of the Queens (1978) 170 copies
Lament for a Lost Lover (1977) 161 copies
The Prince of Darkness (1978) 159 copies
The Love Child (1978) 154 copies
The Black Swan (1990) 150 copies
Castile for Isabella (1960) 148 copies
The Changeling (1989) 147 copies
The Lion of Justice (1975) 147 copies
The Witch from the Sea (1975) 141 copies
The Lion Triumphant (1973) 139 copies
The Vow on the Heron (1980) 137 copies
The Follies of the King (1980) 136 copies
Daughters of Spain (1961) 131 copies
The Goldsmith's Wife (1950) 131 copies
The Passionate Enemies (1976) 127 copies
Daughters of England (1995) 125 copies
The Queen's Husband (1973) 122 copies
The Queen and Lord M (1973) 121 copies
The Pool of St. Branok (1987) 118 copies
Louis the Well-Beloved (1959) 115 copies
The Three Crowns (1965) 115 copies
Passage to Pontefract (1981) 114 copies
The Sun in Splendour (1982) 114 copies
We'll Meet Again (1993) 114 copies
The Star of Lancaster (1981) 112 copies
The Gossamer Cord (1992) 112 copies
The Song of the Siren (1980) 110 copies
Queen in Waiting (1967) 108 copies
A Health unto His Majesty (1956) 107 copies
Voices in a Haunted Room (1984) 106 copies
Epitaph for Three Women (1981) 106 copies
Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (1957) 105 copies
The Wandering Prince (1956) 104 copies
Caroline, the Queen (1968) 104 copies
The Queen's Favourites (1966) 102 copies
A Time for Silence (1991) 100 copies
Red Rose of Anjou (1982) 99 copies
Beyond the Blue Mountains (1947) 99 copies
The Adulteress (1982) 98 copies
Spain for the Sovereigns (1960) 97 copies
The Princess of Celle (1967) 96 copies
The Widow of Windsor (1974) 95 copies
The Road to Compiègne (1959) 94 copies
The Third George (1969) 88 copies
Victoria in the Wings (1972) 87 copies
Indiscretions of the Queen (1970) 85 copies
The Return of the Gypsy (1985) 85 copies
Knave of Hearts (1983) 82 copies
The Regent's Daughter (1971) 80 copies
Midsummer's Eve (1986) 77 copies
Perdita's Prince (1969) 77 copies
Daughter of Satan (1952) 73 copies
Goddess of the Green Room (1971) 70 copies
Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill (1970) 63 copies
Evergreen Gallant (1965) 57 copies
Lilith (1954) 50 copies
Madame du Barry (1959) 44 copies
The Scarlet Cloak (1957) 42 copies
Defenders of the Faith (1956) 37 copies
The Young Elizabeth (1961) 25 copies
The Queen of Diamonds (1958) 22 copies
Triptych of Poisoners (1970) 21 copies
The Complete Tudors (2010) 13 copies
The Last of the Stuarts (1977) 12 copies
Milady Charlotte (1959) 11 copies
Rochester: The Mad Earl (1957) 7 copies
The Bed Disturbed (1952) 6 copies
Who's calling? (1962) 5 copies
Poison in Pimlico (1950) 3 copies
Together They Ride (1945) 3 copies
Such bitter business (1953) 2 copies
Call of the Blood (1956) 2 copies
Hči 1 copy
The brides of Lanlory (1960) 1 copy
Rooms at Mrs. Oliver's (1952) 1 copy
Danse macabre (1952) 1 copy
Flesh and the Devil (1950) 1 copy
Leave me my love (1953) 1 copy
Blaze of Noon (1958) 1 copy
Passionate Witness (1941) 1 copy
Daughter of Anna (1941) 1 copy
VIAJE AL CADALSO (1980) 1 copy

Associated Works

Six Gothic Tales [Readers Digest Condensed Books] (1979) — Contributor — 141 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1968 v03 (1968) — Author — 25 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1990 v05 (1990) — Author — 22 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1960 v04 (1960) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Pride of the Peacock [abridged] (1977) — Author — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Burford Hibbert, Eleanor Alice
Other names
Burford, Eleanor Alice (birth name)
Carr, Philippa
Ford, Elbur
Holt, Victoria
Kellow, Kathleen
Percival, Anna (show all 8)
Plaidy, Jean
Tate, Ellalice
Date of death
Burial location
Mediterranean Sea
UK (birth)
Country (for map)
England, UK
Canning Town, London, England, UK
Place of death
Mediterranean Sea
Places of residence
London, England, UK (birth)
Looe, Cornwall, England, UK
Sandwich, Kent, England, UK
business college
at home
writer of historical romances
Awards and honors
Romance Writers of America (Lifetime Achievement Award, 1989)
Short biography
Eleanor Alice Burford was born in London. Her father, Joseph Burford, was a dock worker who passed on his great love of books to his daughter. She was an avid reader from the age of four onwards. In her early twenties, she married a leather merchant, George Percival Hibbert, about 20 years her senior, who also shared her love of books and reading. During World War II, the couple lived in Cornwall, which served as the setting for many of her works. She became one of the preeminent English authors of historical fiction for most of the 20th century. She used eight different pen names during her career and many of her readers never suspected her other identities. Her first romantic suspense novel, Mistress of Mellyn (1961), was published under the name Victoria Holt in order to keep her identity a secret as a publicity stunt – and a very effective one, as the book became an instant bestseller.
Disambiguation notice
Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert was a British writer who began her career signing as Eleanor Burford (her maiden name), and is well-known as Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Kathleen Kellow, Elbur Ford, Ellalice Tate, and Anna Percival. Some of her novels were later re-published under different pseudonyms or titles.



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It’s been along time since I read a novel by Victoria Holt. This one wasn’t my favorite. The protagonist is Anna Brett and she has a challenging childhood and is basically raised by her spinster aunt who deals with antiques. Anna is somewhat naive and definitely alone. Her only friend turns out to be the other main character in the book, Chantel Loman, the nurse. Chantel is an interesting woman who seems to get whatever she wants. Luckily for Anna, Chantel likes her. The love interest for Anna is Redvers, a married man. Lots of details and descriptions of scenery etc. Anna becomes a bit tiresome and the book drags in places. Definitely a clean story with intrigue and forbidden romance.… (more)
LuLibro | 8 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
This wasn't her best story, but it was alright. The author takes a verrrrry sympathetic view of the king, which I just can't bring myself to consider. Henry's flirting with Katherine grossed me right out---him being old enough to be her father and quite bloated and unattractive. There was a lot of repetition in the narrative and dialogue ("troth-plighted"...ugh. So awkward and there are so many other synonyms for being engaged.) I must say though, she jumped right into the story and it grabbed my attention from the very beginning. This won't put me off Plaidy, by any means, but I just wasn't all that impressed with this story.… (more)
classyhomemaker | 17 other reviews | Dec 11, 2023 |



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