Barbara Cartland


Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland, DBE, CStJ, was an English author, one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century. As Barbara Cartland she is known for her numerous fictional romantic novels, but she also wrote under her married name Barbara McCorquodale.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born in 1901.


1927 26 Years Old According to an obituary published in The Daily Telegraph, Cartland reportedly broke off her first engagement, to a Guards officer, when she learned about sexual intercourse and recoiled. This claim fits with her image as part of a generation for whom such matters were never discussed, but sits uneasily with her having produced work controversial at the time for its sexual subject matter, as described above. she was married to Captain Alexander "Sachie" George McCorquodale, on 23 April, 1927, a British Army officer from Scotland and heir to a printing fortune. … Read More


1933 32 Years Old After the McCorquodales' 1933 divorce, which involved charges and countercharges of infidelity, Cartland married her former husband's cousin, Hugh McCorquodale, on 28th December, 1936, in Guildfield, London a former military officer.
1940 39 Years Old This was followed soon afterward by her father's death on a Flanders battlefield, in World War I. However, Cartland's enterprising mother opened a London dress shop to make ends meet, and to raise Cartland and her two brothers, both of whom were eventually killed in battle in 1940. … Read More


1947 46 Years Old Their daughter, Raine McCorquodale (born in 1929), who Cartland later alleged was the daughter of George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland or Prince George, Duke of Kent, became "Deb of the Year" in 1947.


1955 54 Years Old In 1955, Cartland was elected a councillor on Hertfordshire County Council as a Conservative and served for nine years. … Read More


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1983 82 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite their tame storylines, Cartland's later novels were highly successful. By 1983, she rated the longest entry in Who's Who (though most of that article was a list of her books), and she was named the top-selling author in the world by the Guinness World Records.
1984 83 Years Old In 1984, she was awarded the Bishop Wright Air Industry Award for this contribution. … Read More
1988 87 Years Old In January, 1988, Cartland received the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, the highest honour of the city of Paris, for publishing 25 million books in France.
1991 90 Years Old In 1991, Cartland was invested by Queen Elizabeth II as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in honour of the author's almost 70 years of literary, political, and social contributions. … Read More
1997 96 Years Old Cartland did not get on with her step-granddaughter Diana, Princess of Wales, who notably did not invite Cartland to her wedding to the Prince of Wales. Cartland was openly critical of Diana's subsequent divorce, though the rift between them was mended shortly before Diana's fatal car crash in Paris, in 1997. … Read More
Cartland died peacefully in her sleep, on 21 May 2000, seven weeks before her 99th birthday (and the same day as prominent British actor Sir John Gielgud), at her residence, Camfield Place, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire. … Read More
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