Emily Wilding Davidson : A Suffragette's Family Album
Emily Wilding Davisonâ€™s image has been frozen in time since 1913. On the 4 June of that year, Emily was struck by the kingâ€™s horse, Anmer, during the Epsom Derby. She died four days later.
She, unlike her fellow Militant Suffragettes, did not live to write her memoirs in a more enlightened and tolerant era. In the aftermath of the Epsom protest, her family and her northern associates were caught between two very powerful factions: the Governmentâ€™s spin doctors and the very efficient publicity machine of Mrs Pankhurstâ€™s W.S.P.U. In response, Emilyâ€™s family and associates closed ranks around her mother, Margaret Davison, and her young cousins. For almost a century, their silence has guarded Emilyâ€™s story. Now, at the centenary of Emilyâ€™s death, her family have come together to share Emilyâ€™s side of the story for the first time. Drawing on the Davison family archives, and filled with more than 100 rare photographs, this volume explores the true cost of womenâ€™s suffrage, revolutionizing in the process our understanding of one of the defining events of the twentieth century.