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Emily Wilding Davison: The Suffragette Who Died For Women's Rights by [Fisher, Lucy]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2416 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
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  • Publisher: Blacktoad Publications; 1 edition (22 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CY3MMMU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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This is an engaging new biography of a fascinating historical figure.

Emily Wilding Davison is mainly known as a result of her final moments. This book not only considers in detail the context of those events, but offers the compelling story of Emily's rich and varied life.

It takes the reader through Emily's life largely chronologically, containing plenty of the little details and observations that mark out a good biography. It is also a very easy and compelling book to read. I spent a lovely sunny afternoon glued to my kindle reading it from start to finish - its a tough one to put down.

I would recommend this to anyone - it provides a very good story, exceptionally told!
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An excellent up to date biography of Emily Wilding Davison. Explores not only her death but also her life in detail.
An excellent, fascinating read. Includes details of the footage taken at Epsom and reviews Emily's possible motives in the light of new information.

Interesting how the Pankhursts, who had expelled Emily from the WSPU, were happy to claim her as a martyr. One can only speculate that had Emily died in prison from injuries sustained by her throwing herself down a staircase they would have been so keen. Clearly, the publicity the WSPU would have gained from a prison death would not have been in the same league as the Epsom incident.

I have no idea if the print edition is the same but there are a couple of mistakes with dates in the kindle ed. for example, the date of the Great Exhibition is given as 1951 instead of 1851 (1951 being the date of the festival of Britain. Interesting to note that universal suffrage had been in place for a mere 23 years at that time).

An excellent book for anyone wishing to know more about Emily Davison and the suffrage movement.
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A fascinating account of the fight for womens'right to vote by one of the prime movers in the campaign.
It shows how extreme the opposition by politicians and ordinary voters was and how many of the women found themselves in prison--yes-because they wanted to vote

The only reason I have not given it 5 stars is because it is rather wordy and not a "quick read" as so many contemporary books,even non- fiction,aim to be BUT it is an excellent and important read and one we should discuss with daughters and granddaughters
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BRILLIANT! So beautifully written. A must read for all. Absolutely loved this. What a wonderful and knowledgeable writer Lucy Fisher is, Explains so much more about Emily Wilding Davison. I am aware of so much about her now, her strong beliefs and determination to fight for what she believed in, and to give her life for women and their right to vote. Very humbling, very thankful for her sacrifice and the legacy she has left us.
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An insightful and interesting analysis of Emily Davison's influential life.
The book provides a detailed account of Emily's life up to the day of her death, and also her deaths immediate impact, for instance the copycat suicide.
An up to date and thorough account of one of Britain's most influential women.
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This is a timely biography of Emily Wilding Davison being the centenary of her death. She was born in 1872 into two social worlds. Her father's upper-middle class world of London and her mother's rural working class world of Northumberland. In childhood she exhibited a taste for mischievousness, and a stubborn, resolute character. She earned a first-class degree via Oxford and spent most of her life teaching. It was only during the last seven years of her life that she became an activist initially under the umbrella of Emmeline and Christobel Pankhursts' Womens' Social and Political Union (WSPU). Prior to that she had been exposed to social injustice; class divisions, social inequalities with women treated as possessions with no formal rights, unable to vote or gain entrance into male-dominated professions of law, medicine, university doctorates.

Emily was driven by religion. She felt called upon by the voice of God to give herself wholly to the womens' suffragette movement with her slogan 'Rebellion against tyranny is obedience to God'. Joan of Arc was her personal heroine, the infamous feminist leader whose cry was 'Fight on and God will give you the victory'. She certainly needed all the inspiration she could muster to cope with the physical and psychological assaults she had to endure.

Lucy Fisher describes the gradually increasing activities of the suffragettes. Emily's barbaric treatment in prison, her suicide attempt and her personal intensification of the campaign for justice and equality (bordering on terrorism) are detailed. 'One big tragedy would save the others', Emily wrote.
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