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Frances Evelyn “Daisy” Maynard was a renowned beauty when at the age of 18 she married Lord Brooke, heir to the Earl of Warwick. It was the wedding of the year, and what followed was a tempestuous and scandalous lifestyle lived in the uppermost echelons of society. This colorful biography draws on much of Daisy's correspondence and family papers to depict the astounding li ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Piatkus (first published March 27th 2008)
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Sarah u
I bought this book from the gift shop at Warwick Castle following my third visit, after I had finally been able to see the Secrets and Scandals of the Royal Weekend Party display (during my first visit I ran out of time; during the second my children, my niece, my in-laws and I were preoccupied with the fun Halloween activities the castle had put on for the half term holiday). Anyway, the display really is wonderful, and the book was pretty much impossible to resist afterwards. I also love readi ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I first became interested in Daisy during a trip to warwick castle in the summer,she now seems well known for her love affairs and the fact she bore 4 children to 2 different lovers but remained married to her husband until his death! There is so much more to her character, i veered between not liking her as she was a rich heiress in her own right but seemed to be used to having her own way and didnt matter who's life she could destroy as long as she got what she wanted, she used her looks and c ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
The most disappointing history book I've read for a while. She is such a fascinating character, but you wouldn't really know it. The book doesn't give any context for her life, barely mentions her husband who was unusually supportive of his wife, her affairs and the children she had who weren't his. No discussion about how within one year she didn't love her husband anymore despite seemingly in love before marriage. Also the author never mentions Daisy's opinions on women's suffrage, not even wh ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Almost done. A few amazing discoveries in this book. One: for a person of her class and distinction, she was very indiscreet in her private life. I found that shocking because there usually are social penalties for that. Interesting how she managed to avoid that.TWO : her political leanings were intense. All in all, it is a history book more than a novel or biography. The upheaval in Britain with labour and unions changed many things. If you like this sort of book, you will like this.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
In a word, BORING. How could a book with such an enticing title be so unbelievably dull? This reads like a textbook, with lots of valid points made, but none of them of any interest. Although I read 280 pages about Daisy, I really feel like I never got to know her at all. It was as if all the personal (and juicy!) points on her life were neatly trimmed away before publication.
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