Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza RedgoldPublication Date: July 14, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Formats: Ebook, Paperback Pages: 320 Genre: Historical Fiction
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
PRAISE"Redgold's variation on this enticing legend is often lyrical and offers a satisfying blend of history, lore, and romance." (Booklist)
"Breathes new life into the story of the woman who would stop at nothing to protect her land and people." (Romantic Times)
"NAKED delivers far more than the famous ride of Lady Godiva. It's a beautifully woven story of love, loyalty, and the determination of a young woman trying to protect her people and their way of life, no matter the price. Godiva is a wonderfully strong woman in an age of dangerous men, and in NAKED, she certainly meets her match!" (Amalia Carosella, author of HELEN OF SPARTA)
"A wonderful, romantic retelling of the Lady Godiva legend. There is the colorful Anglo-Saxon backdrop, warriors, battles, peacemaking, desire, revenge and love - everything a fan of medieval romance could desire - plus a strong-willed heroin. Written with a lyrical lilt to her prose, Redgold adds realism to the myth and love to the lusty tale, allowing readers a glimpse into what might have been." (RT Book Reviews)
Lady Godiva. The name evokes an image of a young naked woman riding horseback through the Coventry countryside. Remember the reason for the ride? Neither did I.
When I was offered the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped at the chance. Godiva is a strong woman but I new nothing about her, except her famous ride.
The ride was ordered by her husband after her request to lower the taxes of her people. There is far more to the story of Godiva and Leofric.
Eliza Redgold has managed to create a compelling and charming story of Godiva, her people and Leofric of Mercia. The characters are fantastic. You will adore Godiva for her strength, courage, determination and loyalty to the people of Coventry. Leofric is a challenge. As a reader, I wasn't quite certain how I felt about him. Think about it, this guy dares his wife to ride naked through the countryside for all to see? Well, there is much more to the story, as you will uncover while reading this tale.
This is a wonderful combination of romance, history and good story telling. These characters are more than just words on a page. As a reader, I felt close to Godiva. Don't pass on this book! 5/5 stars for Eliza Redgold's fabulous novel.
5/5 teacups + the teapot!!