Category Archives: Jean Plaidy

The Queen and Lord M

I recently finished a book about the young Queen Victoria and her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, titled Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It sparked my interest in Plaidy’s version, The Queen and Lord M, which I have not read–although I have read the subsequent novel, The Queen’s Husband. The Queen and Lord M book description read more »

Audio Interview with Jean Plaidy

Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Jean Plaidy This is BBC’s Roy Plomley interviewing Jean Plaidy in June 1972. Click below for the audio from BBC’s website: Special thanks to Pauline of the Jean Plaidy / Victoria Holt Facebook Group who found the link originally on the website Eleanor Hibbert Explained. I typed the read more »

author’s note: Madonna of the Seven Hills

Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . . Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, read more »

review: The Queen’s Devotion (William’s Wife)

The Queen’s Devotion originally titled William’s Wife by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION: A daughter’s love. A monarch’s duty. On the road to greatness, one young woman must make an unthinkable choice. For Princess Mary, life has never been simple, but through it all the love of her father, the Duke of York, has been a read more »

review: Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill

Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill Georgian Saga #7 by Jean Plaidy Those looking for a romantic love story will not find it with this Georgian royalty novel. Maria Smythe Fitzherbert was a twice-widowed Catholic, planning to spend the remainder of her life living simply on her stipend. When she met the Prince (future King of read more »

review: The Star of Lancaster

The Star of Lancaster #11 in the Plantagenet Saga by Jean Plaidy One of the idiosyncrasies of Jean Plaidy’s writing is her style of encompassing mini-stories within the main story, weaving them all together. This she has done with The Star of Lancaster, covering an aging John of Gaunt, his rising son, Henry IV of read more »

review: Louis the Well Beloved

Louis the Well-Beloved by Jean Plaidy First in the French Revolution trilogy, followed by The Road to Compiegne and Flaunting Extravagant Queen Louis XV, the Well-Beloved, became the King of France at the age of five, upon the death of his great-grandfather, The Sun King, Louis XIV. Raised by a set of serious-minded tutors, Louis read more »

Myself My Enemy or Loyal in Love

When Jean Plaidy’s novel on Henrietta Maria, wife of England’s Charles I, was republished by Three Rivers Press/Crown in 2007, they chose to omit the author’s foreword. I’m posting it here for those of you who have this edition and are interested in Plaidy’s thoughts on the subject. It reads more like a personalized jacket read more »

Eleanor Hibbert: Letter about Jane Shore in The Goldsmith’s Wife by Jean Plaidy

**This was originally posted on my other website ( on 2/6/2013.** Just days after the announcement that confirmed Richard III’s remains were found, I received this correspondence (purchased from a document seller on eBay) between Eleanor Hibbert (Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, Anna Percival) and a read more »

review: The Prince and the Quakeress

The Prince and the Quakeress Fourth Book in the Georgian Saga by Jean Plaidy This is the story of the young George III, when he was not yet considered significant—only the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, Frederick, and grandson of King George II. If you’re not familiar with England’s King Georges’, you may read more »