Books by Antonia Fraser

ANTONIA FRASER is the author of many internationally best-selling historical works, including Marie Antoinette, The Wives of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, and Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. Awards she has received include the Wolfs


PERILOUS QUESTION by Antonia Fraser
HISTORY
Released: May 7, 2013

"Fraser's study of the "reasonable" confrontation between Commons, Lords and Crown is engaging, elaborate and elegantly wrought."
The dame of British historical biography picks her way gingerly through the cluttered details of Parliamentary reform. Read full book review >
MUST YOU GO? by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A devoted, respectful tribute."
A moving compilation of diary entries written during the course of an artistically fruitful three-decade partnership. Read full book review >
LOVE AND LOUIS XIV by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"An acutely sensitive group portrait of the women who basked in the Sun King's reflected glory."
Altogether at ease with the mores of the ancien régime, Fraser (Marie Antoinette, 2001, etc.) eschews a detailed biography of Louis XIV to focus instead on the women who shaped and were shaped by France's most glorious ruler. Read full book review >
MARIE ANTOINETTE by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Antoinette's story isn't really a tragedy—but Fraser somehow makes it seem like one."
A biography of a queen who never said, as legend has it, "Let them eat cake." Read full book review >
CROMWELL by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Her evocation of this period's religious and political complexity exceeds even that of some scholars: "a majestic work.""
The popular biographer, best known for her portraits of British royalty, turns her sympathetic eye to the Puritan rebel Oliver Cromwell, another worthy subject in the Great Lives series from Grove. Read full book review >
FAITH AND TREASON by Antonia Fraser
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Fraser's book, a solidly researched and gripping account of religious battles and persecution, forces the reader to reflect on both the gruesome results and complex origins of terrorism. (40 b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selections; author tour)"
 Early 17th century England's complexities and dangers are rendered both comprehensible and relevant in the skilled prose of a veteran mystery novelist (A Splash of Red, 1981, etc.) and popular historian (The Wives of Henry VIII, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
POLITICAL DEATH by Antonia Fraser
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1996

"A professional return to familiar territory from the reliable Fraser (Jemima Shore at the Sunny Grave, 1992, etc.)."
 Thirty years after the Right Honourable Burgo Smyth's name was linked with scandal—his journalist friend Franklyn Faber disappeared in the middle of his trial for passing on government secrets—the Home Secretary is back in the wrong column, as demented Lady Imogen Swain announces their long-ago affair to anyone who'll listen, and offers her old diaries and letters to TV investigator Jemima Shore. Read full book review >
JEMIMA SHORE AT THE SUNNY GRAVE by Antonia Fraser
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Highly civilized, suavely written—and immensely readable."
 Nine tales, most of them featuring London's TV interviewer- investigator Jemima Shore (The Cavalier Case, 1991, etc., etc.) and most set on remote, sunny islands like Bow (in the title story), where Jemima has come to interview the last of the Caribbean Archer family—aged Miss Isabelle. Read full book review >
THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

 Fraser (The Warrior Queens, 1989, etc.) brings her personable voice and vivid historical imagination to the six women who married Henry VIII. Read full book review >
THE CAVALIER CASE by Antonia Fraser
Released: Jan. 15, 1990

The best-selling author of The Warrior Queens (1989), as well as six previous Jemima Shore/telly-investigator mysteries, sleekly weaves all her passions together here by presenting Jemima with a portrait of Cavalier poet Decimus Meredith, 1st Viscount Lackland (d. 1645), and having her besotted with him and eager to meet him—she learns his ghost stalks Lackland Court, where the 17th Viscount has recently died and where the 18th, "Handsome Dan," has his hands full: an ex-wife, a current wife, a few mild flirtations, children (including the sulky young Nell) from various women, plus plans to turn his stately home into a trendy private tennis club. Read full book review >
THE WARRIOR QUEENS by Antonia Fraser
Released: March 14, 1989

In her 1984 best seller, The Weaker Vessel, Fraser contrasted the low status of women in 17th-century England with their actual strengths and achievements; here, she's not quite as dramatic, but still intriguing as she ranges throughout world history for examples of women who ruled nations and armies. Read full book review >