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Baroness Daisy

Dunford, David
Format: Paperback
Publisher: www.baronessdaisy.org (N/A)
ISBN: 9780955526923


George Williamson was a champion jockey both in England and on the continent. He has been in the record books for over a century as the only jockey ever to have won both the Grand National (in 1899 on Manifesto) and the toughest steeplechase in continental Europe, the Velká Pardubická. George stole the beautiful Daisy away from Count Elemér Batthyány, the president of Hungary’s jockey club, and made her his wife. The marriage was short-lived. George’s obituary merely said that “his marriage with Baroness de Buren, an Austrian, was dissolved”.

The true story is far more intriguing. Daisy was a courtesan. Now forgotten, she was once famous on both sides of the Atlantic. When she was only twenty-three years old, a writer declared that “as a romance I think her career so far is equal to that of Cleopatra or Theodora”. A few years later, she was described as “one of the most accomplished adventuresses of two continents”. This biography of Daisy also includes the life story of George Williamson and others who played an important part in her life.

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