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Encyclopedia > Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert
Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert
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Eleanor Alice Burford.
Pseudonym: Eleanor Burford,
Jean Plaidy,
Elbur Ford,
Kathleen Kellow,
Ellalice Tate,
Anna Percival,
Victoria Holt,
Philippa Carr
Born: September 01, 1906
Kensington, London (England, United Kingdom)
Died: January 08, 1993
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: English
Writing period: 1941 - 1993
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Suspense
Debut works: Passionate witness

Eleanor Alice Burford (September 01, 1906 - January 08, 1993), Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Philippa Carr and Victoria Holt . Even lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under the pseudonyms of Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate. Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities. A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Kensington is an area to the west of Central London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Suspense or tension is the feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions an audience perceives in a dramatic work. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, in which the time of the action predates the lifetime of the author. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... Jean Plaidy was a pen name of British author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Philippa Carr and Victoria Holt. ...

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Biography

Eleanor Alice Burford was born in September 01, 1906 – not in a romantic manor house, or even on a windswept Cornish moor, but in the prosaic South London suburb of Kennington. 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 young daughter. She was an avid reader from the age of four onwards.


She was also captivated by the city of her birth. "I consider myself extremely lucky to have been born and raised in London," she later wrote, "and to have had on my doorstep this most fascinating of cities with so many relics of 2000 years of history still to be found in its streets. One of my greatest pleasures was, and still is, exploring London. Circumstances arose which brought my school life to an abrupt termination, and I went hastily to a business college where I studied shorthand, typewriting and languages. And so I had to set about the business of earning a living."


In her early twenties, she married a leather merchant, George Hibbert (she was his second wife), who shared her love of books and reading. "I found that married life gave me the necessary freedom to follow an ambition which had been with me since childhood; and so I started to write in earnest."


At first, she tried to emulate her literary heroes – the Brontes, George Eliot, Dickens, Victor Hugo and Tolstoy – and during the 1930s she completed nine long novels, all of them serious psychological studies of contemporary life. However, none of these were accepted for publication.


Bibliography

As Eleanor Burford

Single Novels

  • Daughter of Anna 1941
  • Passionate witness 1941
  • The married lover 1942
  • When the entire world is young 1943
  • So the dreams depart 1944
  • Not in our stars 1945
  • Dear chance 1947
  • Alexa 1948
  • The house at Cupid's cross 1949
  • Believe the heart 1950
  • The love child* 1950
  • Saint or sinner 1951
  • Bright tomorrow 1952
  • Dear delusion 1952
  • Leave me my love 1953
  • When We are married 1953
  • Castiles in Spain 1954
  • Heart's afire 1954
  • Gay Lord Robert 1955
  • Royal Road to Fotheringhay 1955
  • Two loves in her life 1955
  • When other hearts 1955
  • Begin to live 1956
  • Married in haste 1956
  • To meet a stranger 1957
  • Blaze of noon 1958
  • Pride in the morning 1958
  • Red sky at night 1959
  • The dawn chorus 1959
  • Night of stars 1960
  • Now that april's gone 1961
  • Who's calling 1962

As Jean Plaidy

Single Novels

  • Beyond the Blue Mountains (1948)
  • The Goldsmith's Wife (1950)
  • Daughter of Satan (1952)
  • Lilith (1954)
  • Melisande (It Began in Vauxhall Gardens) (1955)
  • The Scarlet Cloak (1957)
  • Milady Charlotte (1959)
  • Defenders of the Faith
  • Madame du Barry
  • Evergreen Gallant
  • The King's Adventurer

The Medici Trilogy

  1. Madame Serpent (1951)
  2. The Italian Woman (1952)
  3. Queen Jezebel (1953)

The Mary Queen of Scots Series

  1. Royal Road to Fotheringay (1955)
  2. The Captive Queen of Scots (1963)

The Lucrezia Borgia Series

  1. Madonna of the Seven Hills (1958)
  2. Light on Lucrezia (1958)

The French Revolution Series

  1. Louis the Well Beloved (1959)
  2. The Road to Compiegne (1959)
  3. Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (1957)

The Ferdinand and Isabella Trilogy

  1. Castille for Isabella (1960)
  2. Spain for the Sovereigns (1960)
  3. Daughter of Spain (1961)

The Stuart Saga

  1. 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)
  7. The Queen's Favourites (1966)

The Georgian Saga

  1. The Princess of Celle (1967)
  2. Queen in Waiting (1967)
  3. Caroline, the Queen (1968)
  4. The Prince and the Quakeress (1975)
  5. The Third George (1969)
  6. Perdita's Prince (1969)
  7. Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill (1970)
  8. Indiscretions of the Queen (1970)
  9. Regent's Daughter (1971)
  10. Goddess of the Green Room (1971)
  11. Victoria in the Wings (1972)

The Queen Victoria Series

  1. The Captive of Kensington Palace (1972)
  2. The Queen and Lord M (1973)
  3. The Queen's Husband (1973)
  4. The Widow of Windsor (1974)

The Norman Trilogy

  1. The Bastard King (1974)
  2. The Lion of Justice (1975)
  3. The Passionate Enemies (1976)

The 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 (also published as Edward Longshanks) (1979)
  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. Sun in Splendour (1982)

The Tudor Novels Series

  1. Uneasy Lies the Head (1982)
  2. Katharine, the Virgin Widow (1961)
  3. Shadow of the Pomegranate (1962)
  4. The King's Secret Matter (1962)
  5. Murder Most Royal (1949)
  6. Saint Thomas' Eve (1954)
  7. The Sixth Wife (1953)
  8. The Thistle and the Rose (1963)
  9. Mary, Queen of France (1964)
  10. Spanish Bridegroom (1954)
  11. Gay Lord Robert (1955)

The Queens of England Series

  1. Myself My Enemy (1983)
  2. Queen of This Realm: The Story of Elizabeth I (1984)
  3. Victoria Victorious (1985)
  4. The Lady in the Tower (1986)
  5. The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1987)
  6. In the Shadow of the Crown (1988)
  7. The Queen's Secret: The Story of Queen Katherine (1989)
  8. The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York (1990)
  9. The Pleasures of Love: The Story of Catherine of Braganza (1991)
  10. William's Wife (1992)
  11. The Rose Without a Thorn (1993)

Children's Novels

  • The Young Elizabeth (1961)
  • The Young Mary Queen of Scots (1962)
  • Meg Roper

Historical Non-fiction

  • Mary Queen of Scots: The Fair Devil of Scotland (1975)
  • A Triptych of Poisoners
  • The Rise of the Spanish Inquisition
  • The Growth of the Spanish Inquisition
  • The End of the Spanish Inquisition

As Elbur Ford

Single Novels

  • Poison in pimlico 1950
  • The flesh and the devil 1950
  • Bed disturbed 1952
  • Evil in the house* 1953
  • Such bitter business 1953

As Kathleen Kellow

Single Novels

  • Danse macabre 1952
  • Rooms at Mrs. Oliver's 1953
  • Lilith* 1954
  • It began in Vauxhall Gardens* 1955
  • Call of the blood 1956
  • Rochester, the mad earl 1957
  • Milady Charlotte* 1959
  • The world's a stage 1960

As Ellalice Tate

Single Novels

  • Defenders of the Faith* 1956
  • The scarlet cloak* 1957
  • The queen of diamonds* 1958
  • Madame du Barry* 1959
  • This was a man 1961

As Anna Percival

Single Novel

  • Brides of lanlory 1960/01

As Victoria Holt

Single Novels

  • Mistress of Mellyn (1960)
  • Kirkland Revels (1962)
  • Bride of Pendoric (1963)
  • The Legend of the Seventh Virgin (1965)
  • Menfreya in the Morning (1966)
  • The King of the Castle (1967)
  • The Queen's Confession: The Story of Marie-Antoinette (1968)
  • The Shivering Sands (1969)
  • The Secret Woman (1970)
  • Shadow of the Lynx (1971)
  • On the Night of the Seventh Moon (1972)
  • The Curse of the Kings (1973)
  • The House of a Thousand Lanterns (1974)
  • Lord of the Far Island (1975)
  • The Pride of the Peacock (1976)
  • Devil on Horseback (1977)
  • My Enemy, the Queen (1978)
  • Spring of the Tiger (1979)
  • Mask of the Enchantress (1980)
  • Judas Kiss (1981)
  • The Demon Lover (1982)
  • The Time of the Hunter's Moon (1983)
  • The Landower Legacy (1984)
  • The Road to Paradise Island (1985)
  • Secret for a Nightingale (1986)
  • Silk Vendetta (1987)
  • The India Fan (1988)
  • The Captive (1989)
  • Snare of Serpents (1990)
  • Daughter of Deceit (1991)
  • Seven for a Secret (1992)
  • The Black Opal (1993)
  • Remember, Remember (2000)

As Philippa Carr

Daughters of England Series

  1. Miracle At St. Brunos (1972)
  2. The Lion Triumphant (1973)
  3. 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)
  9. Will You Love Me in September? (1981)
  10. The Adulteress (1982)
  11. Knave of Hearts (1983)
  12. Zipporah's Daughter (1983)
  13. Voices in a Haunted Room (1984)
  14. The Return of the Gypsy (1985)
  15. Midsummer's Eve (1986)
  16. The Pool of Saint Branok (1987)
  17. The Changeling (1989)
  18. The Black Swan (1990)
  19. A Time for Silence (1991)
  20. The Gossamer Cord (1992)
  21. We'll Meet Again (1993)
  22. Daughters of England (1995)
Persondata
NAME Plaidy, Jean (pseudonym)
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Hibbert, Eleanor Alice Burford; Carr, Philippa (pseudonym); Holt, Victoria (pseudonym); Burford, Eleanor (pseudonym); Ford, Elbur (pseudonym); Kellow, Kathleen (pseudonym); Tate, Ellalice (pseudonym); Percival, Anna (pseudonym)
SHORT DESCRIPTION English novelist
DATE OF BIRTH September 01, 1906
PLACE OF BIRTH Kensington, London (England, United Kingdom)
DATE OF DEATH January 08, 1993
PLACE OF DEATH

September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

External Links

  • Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert "Queen of Romantic Suspense"
  • Eleanor Alice Hibbert, Biography & Book Lists
  • Bookbug on the Web: Victoria Holt
  • Phillipa Carr, Victoria Holt and Jane Plaidy Pages
  • Books by Jean Plaidy
  • Victoria Holt's Yahoogroup

 
 

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