Fraser, Antonia

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Fraser, Antonia Gender: F
Antonia Margaret Caroline Pakenham
born on 27 August 1932 at 02:45 (= 02:45 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 03°34' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 04°38 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 27°26'

Antonia Fraser
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English author of historical biographies, detective stories, a series of mysteries and magazine articles. Her international best-sellers include "Mary, Queen of Scots," which won the James Tait Black award for biography in 1969. Prior to the establishment of her writing career, Fraser was known as a prominent member of London society.

Her own blue-blood family had ties to several subjects of her biographies, including Oliver Cromwell ("Cromwell, the Lord Protector," 1973) and Charles II ("Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration," 1974). Time magazine wrote, "Scholarly research is the family hallmark. The brightest star in the family firmament is Antonia."

She is the daughter of Francis Aungier Pakenham, seventh Earl of Longford (a politician and writer) and Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford (a writer). The eldest child of highly educated and politically active parents, Fraser was raised at Oxford where her father was a don, and academic pursuits were strongly encouraged by both parents. At thirteen, following the example set by her parents, she chose to convert to Catholicism and transferred to a Catholic school, loving the ritual and formality.

A beautiful woman, she married Hugh Fraser, a Member of Parliament, on 25 September 1956; they had six children, Rebecca, Flora, Benjamin, Natasha, Damian and Orlando; and homes in London and Inverness. Two of their daughters became published authors. Divorced in 1977, her second marriage was to playwright Harold Pinter on 27 November 1980.

In 1969, Lady Antonia Fraser secured her place as a major historian with the publication of her best-selling biography about Queen Mary, lauded for it’s careful documentation, picturesque details, and lively readability.

Fraser has a high profile in the British media, both for her refreshingly unpretentious opinions and as a member of the "Literary Longfords," her aristocratic family that boasts eight writers in three generations.

Fraser possesses an intuitive grasp of issues surrounding women, power, royalty, treachery, and treason, as demonstrated in "The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England," 1984 and "The Warrior Queens," 1988. She writes both history and mystery with zest and nerve, and her primary interest is people, foolish queens, military commanders, former wives, rival siblings or stepdaughters desperate for attention. She has entertained many readers with intriguing tales of both fact and fiction.

Her second husband, Harold Pinter, died of liver cancer in London, England on 24 December 2008.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 25 September 1956 (First marriage Hugh Fraser)
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  • Work : Prize 1969 (James Tait Black award)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1969 (Best selling book, "Mary, Queen of Scots")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 (Book, "Cromwell, the Lord Protector")
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1977 (From Hugh)
  • Relationship : Marriage 27 November 1980 (Second marriage Harold Pinter)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Book "The Warrior Queens")
  • Death of Mate 24 December 2008 in London (Harold Pinter, liver cancer, age 78)
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Source Notes

David Fisher quotes Joan Revill, from her. Dana Holliday, same from her.

Sy Scholfield quotes her mother's account in The Pebbled Shore: The Memoirs of Elizabeth Longford by Elizabeth Longford (Knopf, 1986), page 143: "Owing to this unfortunate experiment the coach could not see what the boat was up to and our daughter suddenly tore her way into the world at 2.45 a.m. on Saturday 27 August, with whirlwind speed, so quickly indeed that chloroform could not be administered."

Scholfield also quotes Antonia Fraser in "About Lady Antonia" by Sally Quinn, Washington Post, 2 November 1969, p. 131: "I'm a Virgo but Cancer is my rising sign and I have five planets in Cancer."


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Beautiful woman)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Upper society)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First born of eight)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Two daughters, published authors)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter (Magazine articles)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Historicals)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted (Lady)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection