The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva

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The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva

& Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books

By David Haviland

Tarcher, Paperback, 9781585429394, 316pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2012

It is said that history is written by the winners. However, the winners aren t always the best historians. Enter David Haviland, to set the record straight. In his quirky, inimitable style, Haviland separates fact from fiction regarding some of history's most well-known people and events, such as: Lady Godiva By far, history's most famous nudist equestrian. But how nude was she, really? And how did this same legend give rise to the term Peeping Tom ? The Boston Tea Party What was the cause of this famous party that wasn t really a party? (Hint: If you guessed a "rise" in taxes, you re dead wrong ) World War I How did a directionally challenged chauffeur spark the Great War? Queen Victoria Nowadays, the word Victorian is synonymous with stuffy prudishness. But would a prude pose nude for a provocative portrait, or become close with a young Indian servant?

In "The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva," Haviland untangles fallacy, farce, and misrepresentation of historic proportions. The end result is a wholly fascinating, highly educational compendium of historical folly that will entertain readers young and old