Author/Book Facts

Born Eleanor Alice Burford, September 1, 1906 in Kensignton, London
Died January 18, 1993, on board a cruise ship in Mediterranean, age 86

Father: Joseph Burford
Mother: Alice Tate
Husband: George Percival Hibbert, 1886 – 1963

Literary influences: the Brontes, George Eliot, Dickens, Victor Hugo and Tolstoy

Plaidy was reportedly a sickly child and was privately educated. She inherited her father’s love of reading, and was especially interested in History. She attended a business college learning shorthand, typing and languages.

“Plaidy” is derived from Plaidy Beach in Looe, Cornwall. “Eleanor Burford” is the author’s maiden name. “Elbur Ford” is a form of Eleanor Burford. “Anna Percival” comes from the author’s husband’s middle/family name. “Ellalice” is a mixture of Eleanor and Alice, while “Tate” comes from the author’s mother’s maiden name.

Some records have placed the author’s marriage in 1935. Plaidy’s husband, who was 20 years older, died in 1963. They had no children together, but George Hibbert had a son from a previous marriage.

First book published – Daughter of Anna (Eleanor Burford) 1941, Last books (published posthumously) – Kisses of Death (Plaidy) 1993, retitled The Rose Without a Thorn, The Black Opal (Holt) 1993, and finally in 1995 – Daughters of England (Carr); read my thoughts these three books, one which I suspect she didn’t finish.

1946 is the only year between 1941 and 1993 no books were published. Three books were published posthumously.

Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord
Title origin:
‘Here lies our Sovereign Lord the King,
Whose word no man relies on;
He never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.’
Thus wrote Rochester. The King, amused, replied:
‘The matter is easily accounted for–my discourse is my own, my actions are my ministry’s.’