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By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Her imperturbable self-confidence (Duchesse de Maine) caused Madame de Stael to write that the Duchesse believed in herself the same way she believed in God, without explanation or discussion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I think there's a tremendous split between people who've been through a war and people who haven't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I hate the only one of my book jackets when I was made up professionally, my hair made into a smooth bell.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Though Charles II both craved and enjoyed female companionship till the end of his life, there is no question that by the cold, rainy autumn of 1682 his physical appetites had diminshed considerably. The Duchess of Portsmouth was, after all, more than twenty years his junior; and there comes a time in nearly every such relationship when the male partner is simply unable to fully accommodate the female partner. Or as Samuel Pepys tartly noted in his diary, "the king yawns much in council, it is thought he spends himself overmuch in the arms of Madame Louise, who far from being wearied, seems fresher than ever after sporting with the king.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

If I write that it was a cold day, you can be sure I know it was a cold day because Pepys told us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

My mother, who was quite sharp when I was young, became utterly mild.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Darnley, who, like Banquo's ghost, seemed to play a much more effective part in Scottish politics once he was dead than when he was alive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women's history.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Was Charles I too stubborn to listen to reason? Could Civil War have been averted if the king had been more willing to negotiate? His great enemy Cromwell always maintained that the king had been swayed at the last moment by his queen, the beautiful Henrietta Maria. We can believe Cromwell's claim that the queen told her husband to be firm. But the wicked, spiteful, altogether irresistable quote often attributed to her by Puritan writers of the time is almost certainly false. "Oh my love, if you cannot remain firm in the bedchamber, at least try to remain firm with your subjects!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women's education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Antonia Fraser

People cannot help their predilections, although they may conceal them.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Antonia Fraser

She saw that supreme dignity - and love - lay in tolerance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

[In 16th century European society] Marriage was the triumphal arch through which women, almost without exception, had to pass in order to reach the public eye. And after marriage followed, in theory, the total self-abnegation of the woman.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

King Charles II liked women's company and well as making love to them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all. marie antoinette

By Anonym 16 Sep

Antonia Fraser

It was a fact generally acknowledged by all but the most contumacious spirits at the beginning of the seventeenth century that woman was the weaker vessel; weaker than man, that is. ... That was the way God had arranged Creation, sanctified in the words of the Apostle. ... Under the common law of England at the accession of King James I, no female had any rights at all (if some were allowed by custom). As an unmarried woman her rights were swallowed up in her father's, and she was his to dispose of in marriage at will. Once she was married her property became absolutely that of her husband. What of those who did not marry? Common law met that problem blandly by not recognizing it. In the words of The Lawes Resolutions [the leading 17th century compendium on women's legal status]: 'All of them are understood either married or to be married.' In 1603 England, in short, still lived in a world governed by feudal law, where a wife passed from the guardianship of her father to her husband; her husband also stood in relation to her as a feudal lord.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Of course there's no such thing as a totally objective person, except Almighty God, if she exists.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I decided as usual that justice lay in the middle - that is to say nowhere.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

My mother was a politician in my formative years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I love hearing details of writers' craft, as cannibals eat the brains of clever men to get cleverer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Ninety-seven is my lucky number.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

It can be a long gap between the emergence of fully researched historical biographies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I'm very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I've just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Antonia Fraser

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.