Daisy: The life and loves of the Countess of Warwick: The Lives and Loves of the Countess of Warwick Paperback – 7 May 2009
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DAISY slips down as cleanly as a strawberry milkshake ... Sushila Anand has paced the life perfectly (DAILY EXPRESS)
A lively study of a woman whose life straddled the tremendous changes seen during the reigns of three monarchs (DAILY MAIL)
This new biography draws on unpublished correspondance and paints a vivid portrait of this tempestuous and magnetic woman (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
This biography draws on much of Daisy's personal correspondence and family papers to reveal her amazing life (DAILY EXPRESS)
The tempestuous life of the notorious Countess of Warwick, mistress of Edward VIISee all Product Description
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Extra-marital sex was commonplace and such affairs were tolerated provided they were conducted discretely. Daisy went too far when she told Lady Beresford that she intended to elope with her husband, the father of at least one of her children, possibly more. The hapless Beresford was hauled off by his wife and ended the relationship. Daisy was not deterred and wrote a vicious letter to Lady Beresford which the Prince of Wales in person sought to have returned. Beresford asserted himself responding to the Prince's comments by calling the heir to the throne "a blackguard" - the nineteenth century equivalent of Kenneth Tynan using a four letter word on television.
The intervention of the Prince was no accident as Daisy had become his lover too. She also fell for Joe Laycock to whom she showed a devotion which betrayed her lack of judgment about men. Her letters to Laycock can be regarded as the stuff of fiction but were all too real in a society which condemned females for having surrendered to male seduction while writing off the latter as following their natural instincts. Men were men and women were sluts.Read more ›
After running through lots of money, sleeping with the Prince of Wales, and trying the patience of her saintly husband, Daisy gradually turned to socialist politics. She had an empathy with the poor and with animals, and with these interests and her enormous glamour and charm, she comes over as an Edwardian Princess Diana.
As age crept on she became more and more of a socialist. All that got in her way was the inevitable inverted snobbery.
When she was not off her head with sexual passion, which made her very unpleasant, she was a very bright, good person. I'm sad that the author of this excellent book has succumbed to cancer.
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My husband bought this book for me after our recent re-visit to Warwick Castle, and my fascination with the history of the castle and its inhabitants of the past. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Pamela WH
I visited Warwick castle and wanted to know more about the people who lıved there.The book met all my expectations.Published on 21 Nov. 2013 by cemre birand