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Antonia Fraser

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Antonia Fraser is the author of numerous internationally bestselling biographies, including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Cromwell: Our Chief of Men". (Publisher Provided)
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Værker af Antonia Fraser

Marie Antoinette : rejsen (2001) 3,256 eksemplarer
Mary Queen of Scots (1969) 2,828 eksemplarer
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1992) 2,211 eksemplarer
The Weaker Vessel (1984) 1,273 eksemplarer
The Warrior Queens (1988) 1,270 eksemplarer
Cromwell, Our Chief of Men (1973) 1,143 eksemplarer
The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England (1975) — Redaktør — 1,121 eksemplarer
King Charles II (1979) 788 eksemplarer
Quiet as a Nun (1977) 338 eksemplarer
Oxford Blood (1985) 237 eksemplarer
A Splash of Red (1981) 199 eksemplarer
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Redaktør — 186 eksemplarer
Your Royal Hostage (1987) 181 eksemplarer
The Wild Island (1978) 176 eksemplarer
Love Letters: An Illustrated Anthology (1976) — Redaktør — 170 eksemplarer
The Cavalier Case (1990) 163 eksemplarer
Cool Repentance (1982) 141 eksemplarer
My History: A Memoir of Growing Up (2015) 123 eksemplarer
Political Death (1996) 110 eksemplarer
Jemima Shore at the Sunny Grave (1991) 99 eksemplarer
Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology (1975) — Redaktør — 91 eksemplarer
The Stuarts (2000) — Redaktør — 81 eksemplarer
Robin Hood (1955) 64 eksemplarer
The Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (2000) — Redaktør — 60 eksemplarer
A history of toys (1966) 47 eksemplarer
Dolls (1963) 43 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Queen Anne (1972) — Redaktør — 39 eksemplarer
Lady Caroline Lamb: A Free Spirit (2023) 39 eksemplarer
Mary Queen of Scots, Part Two (1969) 22 eksemplarer
King Charles II : Part Two (2001) 22 eksemplarer
Heroes and Heroines (1980) — Redaktør — 22 eksemplarer
King Charles II : Part One (2002) 20 eksemplarer
Mary Queen of Scots, Part One (1984) 16 eksemplarer
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) 11 eksemplarer
Jemima Shore Investigates (1983) 11 eksemplarer
Jemima Shore on the Case (2006) 9 eksemplarer
English Crime Stories of Today (1705) 8 eksemplarer
Cromwell, Volume 2 1 eksemplar
Cromwell, Volume 1 1 eksemplar
Jemima Shore Investigates [1983 TV Series] (1983) — Creator — 1 eksemplar
Have a Nice Death 1 eksemplar
Flying Finish 1 eksemplar
Oxford Blood | Cavalier Case (1995) 1 eksemplar
Boots 1 eksemplar
Robin Hood / King Arthur (1994) 1 eksemplar
The Antonia Fraser Collection (2013) 1 eksemplar

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Alibi kræves (1948) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver2,077 eksemplarer
Framley Parsonage (1861) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1,829 eksemplarer
A Woman's Eye (1991) — Bidragyder — 269 eksemplarer
Women on the Case (1996) — Bidragyder — 205 eksemplarer
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Bidragyder — 184 eksemplarer
The life and times of Henry VIII (1972) — Redaktør; Introduktion — 161 eksemplarer
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Bidragyder — 138 eksemplarer
Women of Mystery (1992) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
The Middle Ages (2000) — Redaktør — 116 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Charles II (1972) — Redaktør — 112 eksemplarer
Murder Most Scottish (1656) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
Crime Through Time II (1998) — Introduktion — 78 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
Dior by Dior (1958)nogle udgaver70 eksemplarer
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Bidragyder — 64 eksemplarer
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Charles I (1972) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver57 eksemplarer
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits (2008) — Forord, nogle udgaver35 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Mary Tudor (1868) — Redaktør — 34 eksemplarer
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Great Commanders of the Early Modern World, 1583–1865 (1721) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Murder Most Divine: Ecclesiastical Tales of Unholy Crimes (2000) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Edward I (1981) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver23 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Movie Detectives and Screen Crimes (1998) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The Man Who ... (1992) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Death on Wheels (1999) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1990 (1990) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 10 (1978) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 15 (1983) 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1989 (1989) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Fraser, Antonia Margaret Caroline
Andre navne
Fraser, Lady Antonia
Pinter, Lady Antonia
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall ∙ History)
Dragon School, Oxford
St. Mary's School, Ascot
crime writer
Pakenham, Frank, 7th Earl of Longford (father)
Longford, Elizabeth (mother)
Pinter, Harold (second husband)
Fraser, Flora (daughter)
Billington, Rachel (sister)
Pakenham, Thomas Francis Dermot, 8th Earl of Longford (brother) (vis alle 15)
Kazantzis, Judith (sister)
Fraser-Cavassoni, Natasha (daughter)
Fraser, Rebecca (daughter)
Pakenham, Valerie (sister-in-law)
Powell, Lady Violet (aunt)
Pakenham, Edward (uncle)
Fraser, Sir Hugh (first husband) m.1956-1977
Clive, Mary (aunt)
Lamb, Lady Pansy (aunt)
Weidenfeld & Nicholson
British Crime Writers Association (chairman)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2011)
Norton Medlicott Medal (2000)
Order of the Companions of Honour (2018)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (2003)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1999)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1969) (vis alle 9)
Wolfson History Prize (1984)
Enid McLeod Literary Prize (2001)
Gold Dagger Award (1996)
Kort biografi
Lady Antonia Fraser, née Pakenham, was born in London to an aristocratic English family. Her mother was the distinguished biography Elizabeth Longford. She was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, St. Mary's School, Ascot, and Oxford University. She is the author of major historical biographies, including Mary, Queen of Scots (1969), The Weaker Vessel (1984) and The Wives of Henry VIII (1996), as well as a popular mystery series featuring British television personality and investigative journalist Jemima Shore. She is a past chairman of the British Crime Writers Association. Lady Antonia married her second husband, the late Harold Pinter, in 1980, and is sometimes known as Lady Antonia Pinter. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE JUNE - FRASER & CONRAD i 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (december 2016)


rbcarver | 8 andre anmeldelser | Dec 1, 2023 |
Read this massive tome some years ago and unfortunately recall very little about it though I know it would have been a well researched book.
kitsune_reader | 37 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |
The great danger for a biographer is to become too fond of her subject. I can't help but feel that that happened to Antonia Fraser here.

There is no question but that the future King Charles II had a difficult upbringing -- caught up while still a teenager in the Civil War, with his father executed when he was 18, leaving Charles a king in exile, trying to find a way to survive with no money and no real friends and no obvious prospects, Then, suddenly, restored to the throne as he entered his thirties. A less resilient man would have surely become far more neurotic, likely seeing threats everywhere. Charles, instead, became a courageous, affable, personally tolerant man.

He was also lazy, a determined liar, a cheat, and a man with little willingness to plan for the future. And, at a time when Louis XIV of France was threatening to take over Europe, he largely aided and abetted the efforts -- a failing that would leave his successors fighting against Louis for a third of a century.

And there were the mistresses, and the bastards. This is not me getting holier-than-Charles. English kings had had bastard children before -- Henry I was said to have some three dozen illegitimate children, and Edward IV kept a rotating stable of three mistresses. Charles was relatively restrained; he usually had only one woman-on-the-side at a time. But Henry and Edward hadn't raised their mistresses to the upper peerage -- hadn't even done particularly much for their children. Charles made several of his mistresses duchesses, and their children dukes. This represented a big strain on an over-extended treasury, and it didn't really do anyone any good. It also did long-term damage to the House of Lords. Had Charles just given them a few manors and made them gentry, the kids would still have been ahead of the game and England would have had a lot more money for useful projects.

And Charles's treatment of Scotland and Ireland was simply bad, forcing the Duke of Lauderdale on the former and trying to use the latter as a source of money and land when there just wasn't any available. Having spent time in Scotland at the beginning of his exile, he clearly wanted as little as possible to do with it thereafter.

But Charles's worst failing regarded the succession. Charles had no legitimate children, so his heir was his brother, the future James II. Who was Catholic, which was bad enough, but who was also (much, much worse) Ye Standard Stuart -- i.e. very stupid, very bigoted, and very convinced that he was neither and that he had the divine right of kings. James was, predictably, overthrown three years after Charles II died. Charles could have prevented it -- Parliament had repeatedly tried to take up Exclusion, to try to keep James off the throne, and Charles had prorogued or dissolved the parliament, and taken a subsidy from Louis XIV, to prevent Exclusion from happening. Maybe Charles's tricks would have been worth it had James II been a better man -- but, remember, James was overthrown in 1688, and the very Exclusion law that Charles had opposed became a major part of the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689. The Glorious Revolution was unquestionably good -- a second Magna Carta, in a way. But Charles could have brought much of it about without the bloodshed, if he'd been willing to do the work.

There are good things about him -- e.g. he founded the Royal Society (a fact that Fraser perhaps under-plays -- at least, it seems so to me as someone with scientific training). And his faults don't change the fact that Charles was mostly loved by the people, and came to look even better in hindsight, given that his successors were the tyrant James II, the dour William III, the neurotic Anne, and the lumpish George I. But, remember, Charles could have short-cut around all that agony. And this book never really addresses his failure to do so.

There are other ways in which this book is too prone to accept the common opinion. Take the oldest of Charles's illegitimate sons, who eventually became the Duke of Monmouth. Monmouth opposed Charles's pro-James policies (in other words, was on the right side of history), was pushed into rebellion against James II in 1685, and was defeated and executed. Fraser takes the view that Monmouth was a handsome, shallow, useless tool of others. It is certainly true that he was manipulated into his rebellion. But, prior to that, he had undertaken useful military reforms, and had crushed a Scottish rebellion at Bothwell Bridge with both firmness and leniency. I've read three different studies of Monmouth's life and rebellion, and every one of them finds him to have been a better man than Fraser makes him.

Charles II was a very good man during the first half of his life -- the years of adversity. He lost much of that virtue in his years of prosperity. And Fraser never seems to notice the change.
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waltzmn | 7 andre anmeldelser | Sep 28, 2023 |
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 has quite the legacy - it's date (November 5th) is immortalized and bonfires continued to be lit centuries afterwards. In its own time, the unveiling of the plot reinforced Protestant England and its ruling regime, doing the Catholics to whom the plotters aimed to help no favors. Two theories exist about the Gunpowder Plot- that it was a real threat to the Stuart government and that it was actually masterminded by government minister Robert Cecil for his own political ends. This book attempts to find a middle ground between these two interpretations and convincingly arrives at something close to the truth. In addition to the historical arguments, I appreciated the very human details included in this book and it made reading this history almost akin to a novel.… (mere)
wagner.sarah35 | 20 andre anmeldelser | Aug 20, 2023 |



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