Book Notification

Victoria Holt Books In Order

Book links take you to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn money from qualifying purchases.

Publication Order of Catherine De Medici Books

as Jean Plaidy
Madame Serpent (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Italian Woman / The Unholy Woman (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen Jezebel (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Daughters Of England Books

as Philippa Carr
The Miracle at St. Bruno's (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lion Triumphant (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch from the Sea (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saraband for Two Sisters (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lament for a Lost Lover (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Love Child (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Song of the Siren (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Will You Love Me in September (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adulteress (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knave of Hearts / Zipporah's Daughter (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices in a Haunted Room (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of the Gypsy (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midsummer's Eve (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pool of St. Branok (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Changeling (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Swan (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Silence (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gossamer Cord (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
We'll Meet Again (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of England (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Famous Childhoods Books

as Jean Plaidy
The Young Elizabeth (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Mary Queen of Scots (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of French Revolution Books

as Jean Plaidy
Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Louis the Well Beloved (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Compiegne (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of French Revolution Books

as Jean Plaidy
Louis the Well Beloved(1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Compiegne(1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flaunting, Extravagant Queen(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Georgian Saga Books

as Jean Plaidy
The Princess of Celle (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen in Waiting (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caroline, the Queen (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince and the Quakeress (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third George (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perdita's Prince (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indiscretions of the Queen (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Regent's Daughter (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goddess of the Green Room (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victoria in the Wings (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isabella & Ferdinand Books

as Jean Plaidy
Castile for Isabella (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spain for the Sovereigns (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of Spain (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lucrezia Borgia Books

as Jean Plaidy
Madonna of the Seven Hills (As:Jean Plaidy) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Light on Lucrezia (As:Jean Plaidy) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mary Stuart, Queen Of Scots Books

as Jean Plaidy, Eleanor Burford
The Royal Road to Fotheringhay / Mary, Queen of Scotland: The Triumphant Year (As: Eleanor Burford) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Captive Queen of Scots (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Norman Trilogy Books

as Jean Plaidy
The Bastard King (As:Jean Plaidy) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lion of Justice (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Passionate Enemies (As:Jean Plaidy) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plantagenet Saga Books

as Jean Plaidy
The Plantagenet Prelude (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revolt of the Eaglets (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heart of the Lion (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hammer of the Scots (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prince of Darkness (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle of the Queens (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen from Provence (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hammer of the Scots / Edward Longshanks (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Follies of the King (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vow on the Heron (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Passage to Pontefract (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star of Lancaster (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epitaph for Three Women (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Rose of Anjou (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sun in Splendour (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Queen Victoria Books

as Jean Plaidy
The Captive of Kensington Palace (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen and Lord M (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Husband (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widow of Windsor (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Queens Of England Books

as Jean Plaidy
Myself My Enemy / Loyal in Love (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of This Realm (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victoria Victorious (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady in the Tower (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Courts of Love (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of the Crown (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Secret (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reluctant Queen (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
William's Wife / The Queen's Devotion (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pleasures of Love / The Merry Monarch's Wife (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rose Without a Thorn (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stuart Saga Books

as Jean Plaidy
A Health Unto His Majesty (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wandering Prince (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder in the Tower (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Three Crowns (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Sisters / Royal Sisters (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Favourites / Courting Her Highness (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder in the Tower is set first when reading in chronological order.

Publication Order of Tudor Saga Books

as Jean Plaidy
Murder Most Royal / King's Pleasure (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixth Wife (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spanish Bridegroom / For a Queen's Love (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Thomas' Eve / The King's Confidante (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gay Lord Robert / Lord Robert / A Favorite of the Queen (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katharine, the Virgin Widow (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of the Pomegranate (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Secret Matter (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thistle and the Rose (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary, Queen of France (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uneasy Lies the Head / To Hold the Crown (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Tudor Saga Books

as Jean Plaidy
Uneasy Lies the Head / To Hold the Crown(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katharine, the Virgin Widow(1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of the Pomegranate(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Secret Matter(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Royal / King's Pleasure(1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Thomas' Eve / The King's Confidante(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixth Wife(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thistle and the Rose(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary, Queen of France(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spanish Bridegroom / For a Queen's Love(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gay Lord Robert / Lord Robert / A Favorite of the Queen(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Daughter of Anna (As:Eleanor Burford) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Passionate Witness (As:Eleanor Burford) (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Married Lover (As:Eleanor Burford) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Entire World is Young (As:Eleanor Burford) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
So the Dreams Depart (As:Eleanor Burford) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Together They Ride (As: Jean Plaidy) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not in Our Stars (As:Eleanor Burford) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Blue Mountains (As:Jean Plaidy) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Chance (As:Eleanor Burford) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexa (As:Eleanor Burford) (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House at Cupid's Cross (As:Eleanor Burford) (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goldsmith's Wife / The King's Mistress (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Believe the Heart (As:Eleanor Burford) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poison in Pimlico (As: Elbur Ford) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flesh and the Devil (As: Elbur Ford) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint or Sinner? (As:Eleanor Burford) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bright Tomorrow (As:Eleanor Burford) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danse Macabre (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Delusion (As:Eleanor Burford) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bed Disturbed (As: Elbur Ford) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rooms at Mrs. Oliver's (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughter of Satan (As:Jean Plaidy) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leave Me My Love (As:Eleanor Burford) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evil in the House / Such Bitter Business (As: Elbur Ford) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
When We Are Married (As:Eleanor Burford) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castles in Spain (As:Eleanor Burford) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lilith (As:Jean Plaidy) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Loves in Her Life (As:Eleanor Burford) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Other Hearts (As:Eleanor Burford) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Began in Vauxhall Gardens / Melisande (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Began in Vauxhall Gardens (As:Jean Plaidy) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Begin to Live (As:Eleanor Burford) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Defenders of the Faith (As:Jean Plaidy) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call of the Blood (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Married in Haste (As:Eleanor Burford) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Meet a Stranger (As:Eleanor Burford) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rochester (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarlet Cloak (As:Jean Plaidy) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blaze of Noon (As:Eleanor Burford) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen of Diamonds (As:Jean Plaidy) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dawn Chorus (As:Eleanor Burford) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madame Du Barry (As:Jean Plaidy) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Milady Charlotte (As:Jean Plaidy) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Sky at Night (As:Eleanor Burford) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress of Mellyn (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of Stars (As:Eleanor Burford) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's a Stage (As:Kathleen Kellow) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Brides of Lanlory (As: Anna Percival) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Was a Man / The King's Adventurer: Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (As: Ellalice Tate) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now That April's Gone (As:Eleanor Burford) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meg Roper (As: Jean Plaidy) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kirkland Revels (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Calling? (As:Eleanor Burford) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katharine of Aragon (As:Jean Plaidy) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bride of Pendorric (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Legend of the Seventh Virgin (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evergreen Gallant (As: Jean Plaidy) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Menfreya in the Morning (As: Philippa Carr) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King of the Castle (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Confession (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shivering Sands (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Woman (As: Philippa Carr) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of the Lynx (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Night of the Seventh Moon (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Kings (As: Philippa Carr) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of a Thousand Lanterns (As: Philippa Carr) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of the Far Island (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pride of the Peacock (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil on Horseback (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Enemy, the Queen (As: Philippa Carr) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spring of the Tiger (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mask of the Enchantress (As: Philippa Carr) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judas Kiss (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Demon Lover (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time of the Hunter's Moon (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Landower Legacy (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Paradise Island (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Story of Elizabeth I (As:Jean Plaidy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret for a Nightingale (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silk Vendetta (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The India Fan (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Captive (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snare of Serpents (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughter of Deceit (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven for a Secret (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Opal (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Triptych of Poisoners (As:Jean Plaidy) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rise of the Spanish Inquisition (As:Jean Plaidy) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Growth of the Spanish Inquisition (As:Jean Plaidy) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Spanish Inquisition (As:Jean Plaidy) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spanish Inquisition (As: Jean Plaidy) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Queen of Scots: The Fair Devil of Scotland (As: Jean Plaidy) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Gothic Treasure Trove(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Eleanor Burford Hibbert, recognized to readers as Victoria Holt was born on (1st September 1906 – 19th January 1993) in Kensington, London, England. She was one of the most excellent English authors who united imagination through facts to bring the past alive throughout novels of fiction as well as romance for most of the twentieth century. The fact of the matter is that Victoria Holt was one of the world’s most adored as well as enduring authors. In her early twenties, she married George Percival Hibber wholesale leather merchant who was about 20-years older than herself and she was the 2nd wife. Both shared the love of reading the books. It is evident that Victoria Holt published quite a lot of books a year in different fictional genres and was a creative writer. She used eight pen names during her career and many of her book lovers never suspected her other identities. Victoria inherited the love of reading and writing from her father, Joseph Burford, who was a dock laborer. Alice Louise Burford was her mother. When Victoria Holt was young, her health strained her to be confidentially educated at home. Ideally, she went to a business college when she was at the age of 16 where she studied Shorthand typewriting along with languages. The knowledge she acquired enabled her to work in Hatton Garden as a jeweler where she evaluated gems and typed. Additionally, she worked as a verbal communication interpreter in a café for German as well as French speaking tourists.

In 1941, she began singing her novels with her maiden name Eleaner Burford and later she created her first and the most prolific fictitious name Jean Plaidy. In the 1950’s she used the pseudonyms; Kathleen Kellow, Allalice Tate, and Elbur Ford. In 1960, she created the pseudonyms the popular Victoria Holt and Anna Percival. She fashioned her last pseudonyms Philippa Carr in 1972. Between 1974 and 1978 Victoria Holt bought a 13th-century mansion house in Sandwich, Kent that she named King’s Lodging since she knew that it had served formerly as lodging for English monarchs Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. Most importantly, the residence had carved fireplaces and a stairway from the Tudor era. Victoria Holt reinstated the house as well as furnished it magnificently but almost immediately found it too huge for her taste as well as too distant from London. She immediately moved to a two-storey penthouse residence at Albert Court, Kensington Gore, London that overlooked the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park. Mrs. Molly Pascoe was Victoria’s companion and traveled together as well as shared the same apartment. In 1985, Victoria Holt sold King’s Lodging. She used to sail around the globe on board a cruise ship three months a year from January to April. The most exotic destinations she liked most are Egypt and Australia. In 1970 she traveled by water to Sydney and in 1978 she sailed to Canberra. Her vision started failing on the way to the end of her life. She died on (19 January 1993) on the tour ship Sea Princess somewhere Athens and was masked at sea. On 6th March 1993, a commemorative service was afterward held at St Peter Anglican cathedral, Kensington Park Road, London.

Victoria Holt constantly used the pseudonym for her chronological novels about the crowned heads of Europe. The books printed under this pen name were accepted by the community and were also hailed by opponents along with historians for their chronological precision, the superiority of writing and concentration to detail. Some of the novels include;

(i) Secret for a Nightingale (September-1986)

The book narrates the story of a young girl in India, beautiful, high-spirited by the name Susanna Pleydell.

(ii) The Silk Vendetta (September-1987)

The book illustrates amidst the lush romance of Victorian London, Florence, and Paris whereby a deadly family rivalry is born.

(iii) The home of a Thousand Lanterns (1974)

The house she had dreamed of since childhood. The book illustrates the home where her most horrible nightmares were about to come true. The story narrates how Jane Lindsay by no means dreamed she would be rich or that she would be in love with a man she could not trust.

Her writing career started when she first discovered her interest in the past and during her teenage years, she visited Hampton Court. She realized her aspiration to write after her marriage since she achieved the monetary independence she needed. The historic monuments of London and royal qualities filled Victoria Holt’s historical novels. Later she was influenced by her usual visits to British notable homes as well as their architecture. Victoria wrote nine long novels during her 1930s whereby each about 150,000 words in length and all of them serious enhanced emotional studies of modern-day life. At the same time, she wrote the short stories purposely for the newspaper such as Evening News and Daily Mail. Victoria Holt read more than 50 romance novels basically as research.

Victoria Holt enjoyed a good physical shape, lifelong affiliation with her mythical agents and publishers. Victoria Holt had sold 75 million books by the time of her death in 1993 that was interpreted in 20 languages under the name Victoria Holt and 14 million under the pen name Jean Plaidy as well as 3 million under the pen name Philippa Carr. Mark Hamilton of the A.M. Heath Literary Agency took over after her death as executor of her literary estate, anticipated to be valued about $ 8,790,807.

In conclusion, Victoria Holt was a creative writer, churning out many books in annually under different names. She attributed her large production to her usual working habits. Ideally, she expressed herself as an obsessive author and would write down the entire seven days in a week. She dedicated five hours each day to her writing which took her to conduct research as well as proof-read her draft. In addition, she also spends time at Kensington Central Library. The fact of the matter is that Victoria Holt maintained her discipline even while on her yearly cruise all over the world. However, essentially, each of Victoria’s Jean Plaidy books attributed a bibliography at the end, listing the chronological works consulted all through the course of lettering the book. From the readers’ point of view, most of Victoria Holt’s books are well structured and entertaining given the fact that they have a flow.

Book Series In Order » Authors » Victoria Holt

One Response to “Victoria Holt”

  1. E. Darlene Veo: 2 years ago

    I started reading Ms. Holt’s books in the 1970’s, borrowing them from the library in Taos, New Mexico. Beyond the Blue Mountains, which of course is Jean Plaidy, was the first book I read. It was paperback and contained the a list of her pen names and their books, and the name Victoria Holt really stuck with me. I read every book I found under her pen names I could find in the Taos Library, then when we moved to Elko, Nevada in the mid-80’s, I looked for more there. I especially loved the Plantagenet Saga. To this day, I am still a great fan of hers (we share the same birth day of September 1), and am astounded at how different the writing styles of each pseudonym are. She truly was a magnificent writer.


Leave a Reply