Just how weak were the women of the Civil War era? What could they expect beyond marriage and childbirth in an age where infant and maternal mortality was frequent and contraception unknown? Did anyone marry for love? Could a woman divorce? What rights had the unmarried? What expectations the widows?
An expert on the period, Antonia Fraser brings to life the many and various women she has encountered in her considerable research: governesses, milkmaids, fishwives, nuns, defenders of castles, courtesans, countesses, witches and widows.
Antonia Fraser is one the world's best known historians and was made CBE in 1999 THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII sold over 150,000 copies in hardback alone To be reissued in brand new packaging to match the paperback edition of Antonia Fraser's latest bestseller, MARIE ANTOINETTE Film rights to MARIE ANTOINETTE have been sold to Sofia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola Antonia Fraser's books have won many awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Wolfson Award for History 'Fraser writes with a consistent warmth, wit, modesty, conviction on a subject which will be a revelation to almost anyone' THE TIMES
Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London.