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St. Martin's Griffin
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466873667240 Pages
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.
Six months earlier
St. Agnes' Eve, 1023 AD
-Tennyson (1842): Godiva
From the top of the hill I could see it all.
The Middle Lands. The land of my people, the land...
Praise for Naked
"With a pen name taken from Olde English, Redgold embarks on 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 heroine."—RT Book Reviews
“An epic love story of courage, passion and the determination of one woman to save her land and her people.”—Pop Sugar
“Redgold's style of storytelling leaves the reader hungry for more, ravishing on each chapter, scanning the words wildly, chasing after the next scene . . . her imaginative retelling of this Tennyson poem leaps off of the pages.”—Manhattan Book Review