Emily Wilding Davison: The Suffragette Who Died For Women’s Rights


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This is the first new biography in two decades of Emily Wilding Davison, the suffragette martyr who died from injuries sustained when she rushed onto Epsom racecourse and grabbed at the king’s horse during the 1913 Derby.

The book – written by national newspaper journalist Lucy Fisher, a distant relation – tells the story of Emily’s strange life and its tragic finale. Based on new research and a review of all the available evidence, it shows that there was so much more to Emily’s life than a lone act of protest. She dedicated her life to the cause of women’s rights, and eventually, after repeated imprisonment and forced-feeding, paid the ultimate price.

In the context of the Edwardian era and rising suffrage movement, Fisher reveals:

* Emily was the daughter of a successful businessman who made his young housekeeper pregnant

* How she was subjected to water torture in prison

* Her previous attempt at suicide

* The possible identity of Emily’s “intimate companion”

* Her writings about martyrdom

* What her intentions were at the Derby

* The link between that Derby and the Titanic

* The bizarre copycat incident at Ascot, just two weeks after Emily’s death

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