Dame Barbara Cartland

Barbara Carland, 1960sBarbara 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 for midwives.

Source: Museum of the Order of St John

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