From wooings to waiting, from first love to farewells, here are the romantics and the unromantics, the obsessed and the fainthearted in all their lyrical glory. Ballads, sonnets and modern verse are all present in a variety of Scots and English forms. The poems range in tone from scathing satire to evocative romanticism. Fraser has made a wide-ranging selection of poems from the 15th century to the present day. Included are well-known masters - Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson - and contemporary poets such as Kathleen Jamie, John Burnside and Carol Ann Duffy.
Antonia Fraser's most recent biography is the internationally best-selling Marie Antoinette; she has also written Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, and Charles II, as well as a short study, King James VI & I, in the Kings and Queen of England series she edits. She has written three studies of women in history, The Weaker Vessel, The Warrior Queens and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Among awards Antonia Fraser has received the Wolfson History Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal 2000 of the Historical Association.