The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva: & Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books (Paperback)

& Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books

By David Haviland

Tarcher, 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

About the Author

David Haviland is a journalist, writer, and historian who has always had a love of trivia and anecdotes, particularly on the subjects of history, medicine, animals, and sports. Coauthor of Why Dogs Eat Poop and author of Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar, he lives in London.