Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

New to Jean Plaidy...where should I start?

(including the other many pseudonyms of Eleanor Hibbert)
Posts: 2
Joined: June 2012

New to Jean Plaidy...where should I start?

Post by LoriKate » Tue July 10th, 2012, 2:16 pm

Im 24 years old, love historical romance but have somehow managed to never read any Jean Plaidy books yet.
Any suggestions for her best books and/or best ones to start with?
Is it nessecary to read them in chronological order?
Thanks :)
Last edited by LoriKate on Tue November 22nd, 2016, 11:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Posts: 3066
Joined: August 2008
Location: North Carolina

Post by boswellbaxter » Tue July 10th, 2012, 3:50 pm

Welcome, Lori! I'd start with her Tudor books, maybe The Lady in the Tower or The Rose without a Thorn.

With some of her series books, it is better to read them in chronological order. Here's a list here (some of the books have been republished under new titles):


If you like romance, do bear in mind that Plaidy's novels aren't particularly romance-y--more just straight historical fiction.
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


User avatar
Posts: 1641
Joined: August 2008
Location: London, UK

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue July 10th, 2012, 4:16 pm

If you want a good old historical romance that's a standalone as a good place to start, I suggest "Beyond the Blue Mountains".
If you enjoy that, you can move on to the straight historical fiction series, such as the Tudors series or the Isabella and Ferdinand series etc.

User avatar
princess garnet
Posts: 1723
Joined: August 2008
Location: Maryland

Post by princess garnet » Tue July 10th, 2012, 8:00 pm

I've bought all the Plaidy reissues out, some before the covers were redesigned. Some of her novels are better written than others. Nevertheless I've reveled in each one.

User avatar
Posts: 2989
Joined: February 2009
Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Tue July 10th, 2012, 10:50 pm

'Queen of This Realm' is my favourite.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"

User avatar
Posts: 1095
Joined: November 2010
Preferred HF: European and American (mostly pre-20th century)
Location: Colorado

Post by Mythica » Wed July 11th, 2012, 8:16 am

I started with "Flaunting, Extravagant Queen" - I didn't like it at first but by the end, I was very impressed.

Posts: 2
Joined: June 2012

Post by LoriKate » Wed July 11th, 2012, 7:38 pm

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions so far!

User avatar
Alisha Marie Klapheke
Avid Reader
Posts: 376
Joined: November 2010
Location: Franklin, TN

Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Sun July 29th, 2012, 2:47 am

You can read them in any order you like. I don't believe it matters much. I personally loved Courts of Love--the one on Eleanor of Aquitaine .

Avid Reader
Posts: 286
Joined: October 2010
Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
Location: Australia

Post by SCW » Wed September 19th, 2012, 12:00 pm

The series on Catherine De Medici are probably amongst her best novels. They are Madame Serpent, The Italian Woman and Queen Jezebel. Or maybe the Charles II Trilogy


Post by Helen_Davis » Sat February 2nd, 2013, 3:11 am

I second the Tudor Recommendations! The Rose Without a Thorn is very haunting-- I think it was her last novel. It made me see Catherine Howard as a flesh and blood woman and not just the little girl who messed around on Henry.

Post Reply

Return to “Jean Plaidy”