The Lion Triumphant Author:Philippa Carr Born in London in 1906, Eleanor Hibbert was the unusually reclusive "real person" behind three of the most popular pseudonymous authors of our time--Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr. The identity of Victoria Holt was such a well-kept secret, for instance, that many readers assumed she was Daphne du Maurier. If Hibbert herself was li... more »ttle known, her work was well loved: she wrote some 200 books that have sold 100 million copies worldwide.
Hibbert began writing in her teens and in her early twenties married a man deeply supportive of her career. History was her first love, and her well-researched historical novels, published under the name Jean Plaidy, brought Hibbert her first devoted readers. In England, some of the Plaidy books became required reading in history classes.
Best-seller status came in 1960 with Hibbert's first romantic suspense novel, Mistress of Mellyn. An effort to recreate the atmosphere of Jane Eyre, it marked a new direction for the novelist, who signed this book Victoria Holt. Philippa Carr did not have her debut until 1972, with The Miracle at St. Bruno's, in which Hibbert sought to mingle history and fiction in a new way, by focusing on the life of a family caught up in famous historical events.« less