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Antonia Fraser Quotes

After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible: Cromwell.

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

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.

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

I don't like it, but this afternoon I've told myself I am going to go and get a dress.

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

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

I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.

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

I think mine is the fullest and most plausible account of what went on in Marie Antoinette's life.

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

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

I'm glad I was never an heiress.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.