Antonia Fraser Quotes

30 Antonia Fraser quotes:

"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."
"We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged."
"I'm glad I was never an heiress."
"One couldn't help thinking of Princess Diana when writing some passages, although I don't make a mention in the text, which would be anachronistic."
"Why waste time instructing others when you could be reading the manuscripts yourself? The only exceptions are matters of foreign language."
"After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible: Cromwell."
"As the seventh wife of Henry VIII I hope I would have managed to do the old monster in-my cooking comes to mind, as I am a hopeless cook."
"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 enjoyed writing mysteries out of my imagination as a relief from all that research, and also because I could write them while traveling."
"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'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."

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