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Joan Haslip (1912–1994) was an author of historical books, often focusing on European royalty. She was born in London and educated in London, Paris and Florence. Her first book, Out of Focus, appeared in 1931; among her other notable publications are Lady Hester Stanhope (1934) and Parnell (1937). She also wrote for the London Mercury, the Daily Mail and Evening News, and the Illustrated London News.
She also worked for the Italian section of the BBC from 1940 to 1944. Her books were generally regarded as accurate and fairly complete although at times falling prey to "outdated interpretations".
Partial List of her works
- Out of Focus (1931)
- Lady Hester Stanhope(1934)
- Parnell (1937)
- The Lonely Empress: a Biography of Elizabeth of Austria.
- Lucrezia Borgia (1953)
- The Sultan – The Life of Sultan Abdul Hamid (1968)
- The Crown of Mexico: Maximilian and his Empress Carlota, 1972 Holt, Rinehart and Winston; ISBN 0-03-086572-7
- Imperial Adventurer: Emperor Maximilian of Mexico
- Catherine the Great: 1977 A biography ISBN 0-399-11666-4
- Marie Antoinette ISBN 0-297-79567-8
- The Emperor and the Actress 1982
- Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty 1992 ISBN 1-85043-753-X
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