Norah Lofts

Standard Name: Lofts, Norah
Birth Name: Norah Robinson
Married Name: Norah Lofts
Married Name: Norah Jorisch
Pseudonym: Juliet Astley
Pseudonym: Peter Curtis
Throughout her long and prolific career, NL published meticulously researched her popular historical novels, short stories, historical biographies, crime and mystery novels, children's books, magazine pieces, and non-fictional works about history and superstitions.. Lofts varies the tones and settings of her writing but is consistent in often taking women as her subject. Her more than fifty titles, mostly novels, were very popular in the United States as well as in England, and are still being reprinted more than twenty years after her death.


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Textual Features Jean Plaidy
The later Plaidy novels centre on the lives of Europe's historical figures, from the Norman conquest, through the Renaissance, and to Victoria 's reign. This focus provides an immediate need to publish in a series...
Textual Production Muriel Box
Now head of script development at Gainsborough Studios (working for J. Arthur Rank , with her husband as managing director), MB produced scripts for Holiday Camp and Jassy (the latter from a novel by Norah Lofts
Textual Production Jean Plaidy
JP 's Plantagenet saga, a series of fictionalized biographies, began with The Plantagenet Prelude, about the lives of Henry II and his consort Eleanor of Aquitaine .
Eleanor was another compelling historical figure, already...


July 1190-March 1194: Richard I was absent from England on the...

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July 1190-March 1194

Richard I was absent from England on the Third Crusade, pitted (with other Christian monarchs) against the warrior sultan Saladin .

4 April 1857: The Times declared Madeleine Smith to be...

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4 April 1857

The Times declared Madeleine Smith to be possibly guilty of the murder of Emile L'Angelier , her lover.


Lofts, Norah. A Rose for Virtue. Hodder and Stoughton; Doubleday, 1971.
Lofts, Norah. Bless this House. Michael Joseph, 1954.
Lofts, Norah. Crown of Aloes. Hodder and Stoughton; Doubleday, 1974.
Lofts, Norah. Domestic Life in England. Weidenfeld and Nicolson; Doubleday, 1976.
Lofts, Norah. Eleanor the Queen. Doubleday, 1955.
Lofts, Norah, and Margery Weiner. Eternal France. Doubleday, 1968.
Lofts, Norah. Gad’s Hall. Hodder and Stoughton, 1977.
Lofts, Norah. Haunted House. Hodder and Stoughton, 1978.
Lofts, Norah. Here Was a Man. Methuen; Knopf, 1936.
Lofts, Norah. I Met a Gypsy. Methuen; Knopf, 1935.
Lofts, Norah. Lovers All Untrue. Hodder and Stoughton; Doubleday, 1970.
Lofts, Norah. Queens of Britain. Hodder and Stoughton, 1977.
Lofts, Norah. Scent of Cloves. Doubleday, 1957.
Lofts, Norah. Silver Nutmeg. Michael Joseph, 1947.
Lofts, Norah. The Concubine. Doubleday, 1963.
Lofts, Norah. The House at Old Vine. Hutchinson; Doubleday, 1961.
Lofts, Norah. The House at Sunset. Doubleday, 1962.
Lofts, Norah. The King’s Pleasure. Doubleday, 1969.
Lofts, Norah. The Lute Player. Michael Joseph, 1951.
Lofts, Norah. The Road to Revelation. Davies, 1941.
Lofts, Norah. The Town House. Hutchinson; Doubleday, 1959.
Lofts, Norah. To See a Fine Lady. Michael Joseph, 1946.
Lofts, Norah. Winter Harvest. Doubleday, 1955.
Lofts, Norah. Women in the Old Testament. S. Low; Macmillan, 1949.