Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is a British historian and author of biographies and detective novels. She is the widow of the playwright Harold Pinter. Grand Dame.

 

"Though Charles II both craved and enjoyed female companionship till the end of his life, there is no question that by the cold, rainy autumn of 1682 his physical appetites had diminshed considerably. The Duchess of Portsmouth was, after all, more than twenty years his junior; and there comes a time in nearly every such relationship when the male partner is simply unable to fully accommodate the female partner. Or as Samuel Pepys tartly noted in his diary, 'the king yawns much in council, it is thought he spends himself overmuch in the arms of Madame Louise, who far from being wearied, seems fresher than ever after sporting with the king.'"

- Antonia Fraser, Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration