Books: Begone, You Rogues

CROMWELL: THE LORD PROTECTOR

by ANTONIA FRASER

754 pages. Knopf. $12.50.

As current biographers go, Lady Antonia Fraser is not necessarily the best, but she is certainly the prettiest. It is a title she would not relish, for she is to scholarship born and bred. Her father, the Earl of Longford, a sometime leader of the House of Lords, is also the author of a number of books on topics that range from banking to philosophy. Her mother Elizabeth is a distinguished biographer of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington. One sister is a...

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