Barbara Willard


Born
in The United Kingdom
January 01, 1909

Died
January 01, 1994

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Barbara Mary Willard was born in Brighton, Sussex in 1909, and was educated at a convent school in Southampton. Her father was a Shakespearean actor; she absorbed Shakespeare from childhood and language was always important to her. Before the war she worked briefly as an actress and a playreader, before starting to write fiction. Barbara Willard wrote many adult novels before venturing into children's fiction; late in her writing career came the historical series known as the Mantlemass novels, and it is for these that she is now chiefly remembered. In 1967 she published A Grove of Green Holly (not one of the series) about a group of 17th century travelling players, hiding from Cromwell's soldiers in Ashdown Forest in Sussex, encountering i ...more

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The Eldest Son (The Mantlem...

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“Few things can be pleasanter than riding a reliable broomstick through a moony autumn night. It is best of all when home is at the end of the journey.”
Barbara Willard

“Fathers do as they wish with their children. They break their hearts if it suits them, as easily as they would wring a chicken's neck to make a meal!"
-- Lewis Mallory”
Barbara Willard, The Lark and the Laurel

“Europe slipped back into savagery and paganism.”
Barbara Willard, Son of Charlemagne

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