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Jean Plaidy (1906–1993)

Author of Mistress of Mellyn

Includes the names: V Holt, J Plaidy, Elbur Ford, Jan Plaidy, Jean Plaidy, Jean Plaidy, Phiippa Carr, Victoria Hot, Jeasn Plaidy, Phillipa Carr ... (see complete list), Ellalice Tate, Victoria Holt, Anna Percival, Carr Phillipa, Philippa Carr, Victoria Holt, Carr Philippa, Vicotoria Holt, Victória Holt, Phillippa Carr, Eleanor Hibbert, Eleanor Burford, PHILLIPA CARRIS, Kathleen Kellow, Miss Jean Plaidy, Phiippa Carr Carr, pseud. Jean Plaidy, Eleanor Alice Hibbert, Pseud.. Victoria Holt, Hibbert; Eleanor Burford, Jean Plaidy (Victoria Holt), Victoria Carr Philippa; Holt, victoria Philippa; holt Carr, philippa (victoria holt carr, Jean Plaidy aka Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr (Victoria Holt), Victoria Holt aka Jean Plaidy, Jean AKA Victoria Holt Plaidy, Philippa Carr aka Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy aka Eleanor Hibbert, Carr Philippa und Victoria Holt, Jean aka Eleanor Hibbert Plaidy, Jean Plaidy aka Eleanor Hibbert, Jear (aka Victoria Holt) Plaidy, Carr Phillippa und Victoria Holt, Victoria Holt aka Eleanor Hibbert, Philippa Carr aka Eleanor Hibbert, Philippa Carr (aka Victoria Holt), Victoria Holt -Philiippa Carr Pseud., Jean Plaidy who is also Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy who is also Victoria Holt, Victoria Holt writing as Philippa Carr, who is also Victoria Holt Jean Plaaidy, Philippa Carr who is also Victoria Holt, psevd. for Eleanor Hibbert Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr Holt, Jean Plaidy Victoria, Jean Plaidy (pseudonym for Victoria Holt), Philippa; Holt Jean; Carr Plaidy, Victoria, Victoria; Carr Jean; Holt Plaidy, Philippa, Jean; Carr Victoria; Plaidy Holt, Philippa; Hibbe, Victoria Holt; Philippa Carr; Unknown-Jean Plaidy, Eleanor Alice - Holt Victo Philippa [Hibbert Carr, Victoria (Also writes as Jean Plaidy Holt, and Philippa Carr. Pseudonym of Elea

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(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.

Mistress of Mellyn 768 copies, 54 reviews
The Lady in the Tower 607 copies, 12 reviews
On the Night of the Seventh Moon 581 copies, 11 reviews
The India Fan 534 copies, 11 reviews
The Shivering Sands 481 copies, 11 reviews
Bride of Pendorric 474 copies, 9 reviews
Murder Most Royal 473 copies, 10 reviews
The Rose Without a Thorn 467 copies, 14 reviews
The Black Opal 446 copies, 8 reviews
The Sixth Wife 443 copies, 8 reviews
The Thistle and the Rose 441 copies, 8 reviews
Lord of the Far Island 440 copies, 10 reviews
The Pride of the Peacock 437 copies, 10 reviews
The House of a Thousand Lanterns 426 copies, 3 reviews
Mary, Queen of France 422 copies, 10 reviews
The Captive 417 copies, 6 reviews
The Time of the Hunter's Moon 407 copies, 9 reviews
My Enemy the Queen 400 copies, 4 reviews
The Devil on Horseback 387 copies, 3 reviews
The Silk Vendetta 386 copies, 4 reviews
Menfreya in the Morning 385 copies, 6 reviews
Queen of this Realm 384 copies, 5 reviews
The Legend of the Seventh Virgin 362 copies, 5 reviews
Royal Road to Fotheringhay 357 copies, 8 reviews
The Curse of the Kings 357 copies, 2 reviews
The Road to Paradise Island 355 copies, 3 reviews
The Secret Woman 350 copies, 6 reviews
The Queen's Confession 344 copies, 6 reviews
The Landower Legacy 342 copies, 3 reviews
Victoria Victorious 337 copies, 10 reviews
The Courts of Love 336 copies, 10 reviews
Katharine of Aragon 334 copies, 5 reviews
Snare of Serpents 333 copies, 6 reviews
In the Shadow of the Crown 332 copies, 5 reviews
The Judas Kiss 331 copies, 8 reviews
Seven for a Secret 330 copies, 5 reviews
The Mask of the Enchantress 326 copies, 7 reviews
The Shadow of the Lynx 324 copies, 5 reviews
The King of the Castle 322 copies, 5 reviews
The Spring of the Tiger 310 copies, 5 reviews
The Demon Lover 304 copies, 4 reviews
Kirkland Revels 304 copies, 6 reviews
Secret for a Nightingale 295 copies, 7 reviews
Daughter of Deceit 294 copies, 3 reviews
The Plantagenet Prelude 277 copies, 3 reviews
The Captive Queen of Scots 266 copies, 3 reviews
The Queen's Secret 261 copies, 7 reviews
The Reluctant Queen 229 copies, 4 reviews
Gay Lord Robert 204 copies, 6 reviews
Myself My Enemy 203 copies, 5 reviews
Madame Serpent 202 copies, 5 reviews
The Miracle at St. Bruno's 197 copies, 2 reviews
Madonna of the Seven Hills 192 copies, 8 reviews
The Revolt of the Eaglets 184 copies, 3 reviews
Katharine, The Virgin Widow 179 copies, 4 reviews
The Shadow of the Pomegranate 177 copies, 5 reviews
The Bastard King 166 copies, 6 reviews
The Italian Woman 163 copies, 7 reviews
Light on Lucrezia 160 copies, 5 reviews
The King's Secret Matter 160 copies, 2 reviews
The Heart of the Lion 158 copies, 2 reviews
Queen Jezebel 156 copies, 5 reviews
The Queen from Provence 151 copies, 2 reviews
The Battle of the Queens 150 copies, 4 reviews
Hammer of the Scots 150 copies, 3 reviews
Saraband for Two Sisters 149 copies, 1 review
The Captive of Kensington Palace 145 copies, 2 reviews
The Spanish Bridegroom 142 copies, 2 reviews
The Prince of Darkness 136 copies, 2 reviews
Lament for a Lost Lover 133 copies, 4 reviews
The Love Child 131 copies, 2 reviews
The Changeling 130 copies, 2 reviews
The Black Swan 129 copies, 3 reviews
The Witch from the Sea (some editions; some editions) 128 copies, 1 review
Castile for Isabella 128 copies, 9 reviews
The Lion of Justice 126 copies, 3 reviews
The Follies of the King 122 copies, 3 reviews
The Vow on the Heron 121 copies, 2 reviews
The Lion Triumphant 119 copies, 1 review
The Murder in the Tower 119 copies, 2 reviews
The Goldsmith's Wife 115 copies, 4 reviews
The Passionate Enemies 114 copies, 4 reviews
Daughters of England 108 copies, 1 review
Daughters of Spain 107 copies, 3 reviews
The Queen and Lord M 103 copies, 1 review
Passage to Pontefract 101 copies, 2 reviews
We'll Meet Again 100 copies
The Sun in Splendour 100 copies, 3 reviews
Louis the Well-beloved 98 copies, 4 reviews
The Star of Lancaster 97 copies, 3 reviews
The Three Crowns 96 copies, 1 review
The Gossamer Cord 93 copies, 1 review
Queen in Waiting 93 copies, 1 review
Flaunting, Extravagant Queen 93 copies, 3 reviews
The Song of the Siren 92 copies, 1 review
Caroline, the Queen 91 copies, 3 reviews
Voices in a Haunted Room 91 copies, 1 review
The Pool of St. Branok 90 copies, 1 review
Epitaph for Three Women 89 copies, 2 reviews
A Health unto His Majesty 88 copies, 2 reviews
Courting Her Highness 86 copies, 2 reviews
Red Rose of Anjou 85 copies, 2 reviews
Beyond the Blue Mountains 85 copies, 1 review
The Adulteress 84 copies, 2 reviews
Spain for the Sovereigns 83 copies, 2 reviews
The Wandering Prince 82 copies, 2 reviews
The Return of the Gypsy 79 copies, 2 reviews
The Road to Compiègne 79 copies, 3 reviews
The Princess of Celle 78 copies, 2 reviews
The Prince and the Quakeress 75 copies, 1 review
Will You Love Me in September 73 copies, 1 review
Indiscretions of the Queen 68 copies, 2 reviews
Midsummer's Eve 67 copies, 2 reviews
Here Lies our Sovereign Lord 64 copies, 2 reviews
Perdita's Prince 62 copies, 1 review
Daughter of Satan 62 copies, 2 reviews
Goddess of the Green Room 57 copies, 2 reviews
Evergreen Gallant 48 copies, 2 reviews
Lilith 46 copies
The Scarlet Cloak 36 copies, 2 reviews
Madame du Barry 36 copies, 2 reviews
Defenders of the Faith 28 copies, 1 review
The Queen of Diamonds 20 copies, 1 review
Triptych of Poisoners 15 copies, 1 review
Milady Charlotte 10 copies, 2 reviews
Six Gothic Tales [Readers Digest Condensed Books] (Contributor) 105 copies, 3 reviews
A Gothic Treasure Trove (Contributor) 70 copies

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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.
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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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