Dame Barbara Cartland
Barbara was the most prolific and one of the most popular
authors of the 20th century, having sold more than one billion
books in over 36 countries.
The majority of her writing was romantic fiction, and in 1977
she published The Dream and the Glory, a historical novel
loosely based on the story of the Knights of the Order of St John
and the French invasion of Malta.
A part of the proceeds from the sale of the novel were
donated to the Order of St John, to commemorate the
centenary of St John Ambulance that year.
Barbara joined St John Ambulance in 1943, and
was an active figure in her own county of Bedfordshire, where she
had several senior roles.
She took a great interest in political and social issues,
campaigning for the rights of travellers and for better conditions
Source: Museum of the Order of St John