A Night In with Lady Antonia Fraser
To mark the publication of The Case of the Married Woman
Fane Online is a curated series of online events, giving you the chance to watch exclusive shows with celebrated authors, actors and podcasters, all from the comfort of your own home.
The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of The Case of the Married Woman (RRP £25). The 'stream only' package consists of a ticket to the stream only.
The event will initially be broadcast on 6 May 2021 at 6.30pm UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time, you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.
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Join award-winning historian and author Lady Antonia Fraser as she shares the story of Caroline Norton, a 19th century heroine who wanted justice for women.
Poet, pamphleteer and beauty, Caroline dazzled nineteenth-century society with her vivacity and intelligence. But when her husband, racked with jealousy, took one of her admirers – Prime Minister Lord Melbourne – to court and sued him for damages on account of his ‘criminal conversation’ (adultery) with Caroline, a dramatic trial ensued. Caroline was denied access to her three children under seven, and her husband claimed her income as an author for himself, since the copyrights of a married woman belonged to her husband.
In conversation for this Fane Online event, Antonia considers Caroline’s desperate situation, and how she refused to despair – choosing to fight, not surrender. Antonia will explore how Caroline fought for the rights of married women and campaigned tirelessly for the Infant Custody Act, highlighting how provisions which are now taken for granted, such as the right of a mother to have access to her own children, owe much to Caroline, who was determined to secure justice for women at all levels of society from the privileged to the dispossessed.
Bringing history brilliantly to life, Antonia portrays a woman, at once courageous and compassionate, who refused to be curbed by the personal and political constraints of her time. Informative and entertaining in equal measure, this is promises to be a memorable evening with one of the greatest historical authors of our time.