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12/05/00
RIP Barbara Cartland
- Queen of old time romance dies, aged 98

ROMANCE LOST one of its most ardent champions yesterday when author Dame Barbara Cartland died at the grand old age of 98.

Cartland devoted her life to writing romantic fiction, churning out no less than 723 novels. When sales topped a billion, she won an entry in the Guinness Book Of Records as the world's best selling author.

Her books centred on a virtuous damsel in distress saved by an honourable young man. Cartland mourned the passing of the age of gentlemanly behaviour, saying the world had become obsessed with sex to the detriment of pure love. "I write only about love, real love and not about sex", she said. "I could write a book about sex tomorrow but I won't because I want to help people not to do the wrong thing."

The Dame, who was step grandmother to Princess Diana, remained outspoken on the monarchy after the princess' death. "Believe me: no one will be able to take her place," she said. "Forget about the monarchy. This royal family is a family of Germans. She is the one who will be missed."

Cartland leaves two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.





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