Jane Lane (author)

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Jane Lane (1905–1978) was the pen name of Elaine Kidner Dakers, a British historical novelist and biographer distantly related to the Jane Lane who aided Charles II after his defeat at Worcester. She is best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th-century Scotland, written from a Catholic and Royalist perspective. A State of Mind is unique among her books, being set in a dystopian (undesirable or frightening) future.[1]

The Tablet, a progressive Catholic international weekly, described her as "one of the few contemporary writers who excel both as novelists and historians".[2]

Selected works[edit]


The Escape series (for younger readers)


  • King James the Last (1942)
  • Titus Oates (1949)
  • Puritan, Rake and Squire (1950)


  1. ^ Information from covers of Dark Conspiracy and other titles published by The House of Stratus.
  2. ^ Jacket of Peter Davies's re-issue of Conies in the Hay, 1973

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