16 Facts About Antonia Fraser


Antonia Fraser is the widow of the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Harold Pinter, and prior to his death was known as Lady Antonia Pinter.


Antonia Fraser was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, St Mary's School, Ascot, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; the last was her mother's alma mater.


Antonia Fraser won the Wolfson History Award in 1984 for The Weaker Vessel, a study of women's lives in 17th-century England.


Antonia Fraser has written detective novels, the most popular involving a character named Jemima Shore, and they were adapted into the television series Jemima Shore Investigates, which aired in the UK in 1983.


Antonia Fraser's study, The Warrior Queens, is an account of military royal women since the days of Boadicea and Cleopatra.


Antonia Fraser chronicled the life and times of Charles II in a well-reviewed 1979 eponymous biography.


Antonia Fraser served as editor for many monarchical biographies, including those featured in the Kings and Queens of England and Royal History of England series, and, in 1996, she published a book entitled The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, which won both the St Louis Literary Award and the Crime Writers' Association Non-Fiction Gold Dagger.


Antonia Fraser serves as a judge for the Enid McLeod Literary Prize, awarded by the Franco-British Society, previously winning that prize for her biography Marie Antoinette.


Lady Antonia Fraser is a Vice-President of The London Library.


At the Cheltenham Literary Festival on 17 October 2010, Lady Antonia Fraser announced that her next work would be on the subject of the Great Reform Bill 1832.


Antonia Fraser is no longer planning a biography of Queen Elizabeth I, as this subject has already been extensively covered.


From 1956 until their divorce in 1977, she was married to Sir Hugh Antonia Fraser, a descendant of Scottish aristocracy 14 years her senior and a Roman Catholic Conservative Unionist MP in the House of Commons, who was a friend of the American Kennedy family.


Lady Antonia Fraser is a Vice-President of the Royal Stuart Society.


Antonia Fraser was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1999 Birthday Honours and promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to literature.


Antonia Fraser was appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to literature.


Papers by and relating to Lady Antonia Fraser are catalogued as part of the Harold Pinter Archive, which is part of its permanent collection of Additional Manuscripts.