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.
NAKED: A NOVEL OF LADY GODIVA
by ELIZA REDGOLD
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
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“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)
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.
For more information visit Eliza Redgold’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Google+.
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Ji'd love to read her version of Lady Godiva. Sounds like an interesting & entertaining read. Thanks for being part of the tour & iveaway.ReplyDelete
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This is a fascinating and captivating historical. Many thanks for this great feature and wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)comReplyDelete
What a beautiful cover! I'd love to read this! Thanks!ReplyDelete
The cover is very artistic and will sure draw readers in!ReplyDelete
Of course I know the legend of Lady Godiva....fascinating. This one has me intrigued.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much everyone - I hope you all enjoy Godiva's story!ReplyDelete
I love the cover and would love to read this version of Lady Godiva! Thank you for the opportunity!ReplyDelete
Really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!ReplyDelete
Great book tour, good luck Eliza with your Lady Godiva!ReplyDelete
I loved reading the blurb. Thank you for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete