Eleanor Alice Burford was born on 1 September 1906 in Kensington, London, England. She married ta leather merchant, George Percival Hibber, who shared her love of books and reading. Eleanor Burford 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 readers under one penname never suspected her other identities. In 1941, she began signing her novels with her maiden name: Eleanor Burford, later she created her first and most prolific pseudonym: Jean Plaidy. In the 1950's she used the pseudonyms: Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate. In 1960, she created the pseudonyms: Anna Percival and the popular Victoria Holt. In 1972, she created her last pseudonym Philippa Carr. (Some of her novels were reedited as different pseudonyms). She died on January 18, 1993 at sea, somewhere between Greece and Port Said, Egypt. By the time of her death, she sold 56 millon copies as Victoria Holt, 14 as Jean Plaidy and, 3 as Phillipa Carr.

Book List in Order: 21 titles

  • I was beginning to realize that there was something unusual about our marriage. . . .King Charles has returned after Cromwell's puritanical rule and England is determined to be merry. The delights of the theatre beckon to young Sarah Standish, whose ...


  • THEIR PEACETIME DREAMS OF HAPPINESS TURNED BITTERSWEET AS WAR CAST ITS SHADOW... The mystery of her twin Dorabella's disappearance solved, Violetta Denver finally has her chance at happiness. But the party given on her engagement to Jowan Jermyn ...


  • When happy-go-lucky Dorabella Denver marries Dermot Tregarland, a charismatic young Cornishman, her twin sister, Violetta, is haunted by premonitions of disaster. Her worries soon multiply, as rumors of blood feuds and mysterious deaths are linked to...


  • As a way of life vanishes, Lucinda still dreams of love and happiness. Even Madame Rochere's exclusive Belgian finishing school cannot shelter wealthy young ladies from trouble. Lucinda is distressed by her friend Annabelinda's reckless romantic e...


  • Has she sent the wrong man to the gallows? Or has a killer's ghost come back to haunt her? Only Lucie Lansdon could identify the man who had murdered her father. Justice was served by his execution, but nightmares of that evil face continue to haunt ...


  • SHE KNEW GREAT HAPPINESS UNTIL THE DAY HE ENTERED HER LIFE... She was young Rebecca Mandeville, a girl fatherless since birth, a sprite who was equally at home on the Cornish moors and in Victorian London. But when her mother married the roguish ...


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    WHEN THE BELLS OF ST BRANOK RING, DISASTER IS SURE TO FOLLOW... Angelet heard them that fateful day when she met a terrifying stranger at the pool, the day she and her childhood hero--her cousin Benedict--encountered an evil that brought her near ...


  • ON THE MYSTERIOUS MOORS OF CORNWALL... Young, innocent Annora Cadorson falls in love with her neighbor, the charismatic Rolf Hanson, believing they will be wed someday. But then, one night, everything changes--shattering Annora's illusions abou...


  • EVERY WOMAN FOUND HIM IRRESISTIBLE. BUT ONLY ONE COULD WIN HIS HEART... He was Romany Jake, darkly handsome, mysterious, and very much the gentleman, even in his gypsy camp. To the pretty impressionable Jessica Frenshaw, he was so much more glam...






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    A WOMAN TORN BETWEEN TWO MEN--A TRIANGLE TO BURN ON THE TORCHES OF ETERNITY Young Claudine, in flight from the murderous Mobs of Revolutionary France, thinks she has found happiness with her new English family. For her mother, the beautiful, arist...


  • Charlotte d'Aubigne Lottie came to her father's home in France a girl -- but with a woman's beauty and desires. Lonely for her beloved English countryside, estranged from the boy she had always adored, she was soon to be swept away by the glitter...


  • A young woman discovers she's been living a lie and journeys to France, which teeters on the brink of revolutiononly to find her destiny as a true daughter of England Discovering that the man who raised her was not her birth father comes as a grea...


  • SHE COMMITTED THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN. SHE BECAME AN ADULTERESS Zipporah Ransome, a beautiful, practical wife, thought she was happy in her marriage. And so she was. Until a visit to her cousin's estate catapulted her into an affair with a stranger.....


  • LOVE'S GAMBLE Clarissa, orphan daughter of Carlotta, is rescued from squalor and brought back to the family home at Enderby. Surrounded by Jacobite intrigues, she is kidnapped by them as a suspected spy. It is the Jacobite leader who allows...


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    TWO SISTERS AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY. CARLOTTA--willful, beautiful, and passionate, men could not resist her seductive charms. She sacrificed everything-loyalty to country, duty to husband, and the respect of her family--to live in Paris with...


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    When Lucy's mother is flung out of the house by her husband, she is rescued by a naval officer. Only on her deathbed does she reveal Lucy's true lineage. Trying to hold the family together, Lucy seeks work at the Buchanan house, where her mother work...


  • Against the turbulent background of Cromwellian England is set this sweeping tale of a beautiful young woman's journey from innocence to wisdom--from love to treachery. Lovely, naive Arabella Tolworthy had grown accustomed to her innocence --until...


  • Angelet and Bersaba. They were identical twins, but their alikeness stopped at their physical appearance. Angelet was gentle and mild in her innocence. While Bersaba was dark and devious in her overwhelming sensuality. They had never been apart--u...


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    THE BRIDE OF CASTLE PALING With the defeat of the Spanish Armada, gentle Linnet Pennlyon imagines her life will be both secure and peaceful. But her quiet beauty attracts the roving eye of Colum Casvellyn, the powerful lord of Castle Paling. Wh...


  • Against the backdrop of Elizabethan England is spun this engrossing story of the stormy loves and dangerous adventures of beautiful Catharine, called Cat. When fiery-tempered Cat meets arrogant, lusty Captain Jake Pennlyon, she is both attracted a...


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    "I was born in the September of 1523, nine months after the monks had discovered the child in the crib on that Christmas morning. My birth was, my father used to say, another miracle: he ws not young at the time bring 40 years of age...My mother, who...