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The writing of Antonia Fraser, who published her first book in 1954 and remains active in the early twenty-first century, falls into several distinct categories. She engaged first in children's writing, then in historical scholarship, much of it biographical and concerned with the lives of women in particular, then in detective fiction. She has also published journalism and edited anthologies. Most highly regarded as a historian, she has also had success with her thrillers and recent memoirs.
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27 August 1932 Antonia Pakenham (later AF) was born, the eldest in a family which in the end amounted to eight children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1954 Antonia Pakenham (later AF) published her earliest book, the children's history King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, written at the behest of her publisher employer. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1969 In Mary, Queen of Scots AF produced a biography based on sound historical scholarship and resolutely sceptical about Mary's romantic appeal, but popular in its empathy and its strong narrative drive. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 May 1984 AF made a new departure and produced arguably her most significant historical study in The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth Century England. Bibliographic Citation link.
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