"The prolific Lady Antonia Fraser has long been drawn to formidable — and tragic — women, starting with her first biography, of Mary Stuart, more than half a century ago.Fraser’s skill and passion override all, and in The Case of the Married Woman, she renders her subject a woman of dignity, depth and character. Here we meet a heroine, one who fought for herself, for her children, and for all women and children. As Caroline Norton herself put it, 'I do not ask for my rights. I have no rights; I have only wrongs.'"
– The New York Times Book Review
"A clear-eyed telling."
– The Wall Street Journal
"Esteemed historian Fraser, who has written biographies of prominent women, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Marie Antoinette, turns her eye to the lesser-known yet impactful Caroline Norton, whose very public divorce turned her into a crusader for women's rights in nineteenth-century England. Enlightening and inspiring."
– Booklist, starred review
"This engagingly written, rigorously researched book will appeal to both feminist historians and readers who enjoy well-crafted portraits of historical figures who deserve more attention. An intelligently illuminating biography and cultural history."
– Kirkus Reviews
"A historical delight, The Case of the Married Woman is the biography of a tenacious woman who refused to accept injustice, indifference, and anonymity."
– Foreword (starred)
“Antonia Fraser's tale of double standards is a delight. Combining high society campery and historical scholarship in ways rivalling Nancy Mitford, Antonia Fraser is a great chronicler. The major theme of Fraser's book is rage—hers and Caroline’s—that women in those days had no rights over their children. This is a rousing book. Classic Antonia Fraser.”
– The Sunday Telegraph
"Fraser's is a spirited book, particularly moving on Norton's old age. It is impressive to see one of our most important intellectual figures turning her mind to this remarkable woman from an earlier, different and not so different era.”
– The Guardian
“Fraser’s book is the first to emphasize what a modern figure Norton is, portraying her not as a hapless victim but as a working mother and bestselling writer who refused to submit to what can only be called the patriarchy. Fraser is surely right to call her a nineteenth-century heroine.”
– The Sunday Times
“A fascinating story, and Fraser's account is compulsively readable. A fitting tribute to a captivating, campaigning heroine.”
– The Evening Standard
“Caroline Norton’s life and writings are vividly realized in Fraser's new analysis of the woman and her words. The woman who leaps from the page is vastly complex. Fraser's illuminating book shows how the story of Caroline Norton still has so much to say about the rights women lack and the abuses they suffer, even today.”
– BBC History Magazine