Naked

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Naked

A Novel of Lady Godiva

By Eliza Redgold

St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9781250066152, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Description

"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.



About the Author
ELIZA REDGOLD is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction." As a non-fiction author she is co-author of "Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates." She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

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