Antonia Fraser

Lady Antonia Fraser
CH DBE FRSL
Fraser in 2010
Fraser in 2010
BornAntonia Margaret Caroline Pakenham
(1932-08-27) 27 August 1932 (age 86)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
GenreBiography, detective fiction
Years active1969–present
Spouse
Children6
Relatives
Website
www.antoniafraser.com

Lady Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, CH, DBE, FRSL (née Pakenham; born 27 August 1932) is a British author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction. She is the widow of the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Harold Pinter (1930–2008), and prior to his death was also known as Lady Antonia Pinter.[2][3][4]

Family background and education

Fraser is the first-born of the eight children of Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford (1905–2001), and his wife, Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, née Elizabeth Harman (1906–2002). As the daughter of an earl, she is accorded the courtesy title "Lady" and thus customarily addressed formally as "Lady Antonia".[2]

As a teenager,[5] she and her siblings converted to Catholicism, following the conversions of their parents.[2][6] Her "maternal grandparents were Unitarians – a non-conformist faith with a strong emphasis on social reform ...". In response to criticism of her writing about Oliver Cromwell, she has said, "I have no Catholic blood". Before his own conversion in his thirties following a nervous breakdown in the Army, as she explains, "My father was Protestant Church of Ireland, and my mother was Unitarian up to the age of 20 when she abandoned it."[5]

She was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford,[2][7] St Mary's School, Ascot, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; the last was also her mother's alma mater.[5][8][9]

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