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.
Naked: A Story Of Lady Godiva is a spellbinding, emotion filled read. Full of strong yet vulnerable characters. Scenes that have you gasping and the treachery throughout the story has you constantly questioning the character motives.
The story completely gripped me and wove it’s spell for this reader. You sympathise with the characters and feel their pain and their portrayed emotions seep from the pages.
A story loosely based on Lady Godiva but with a twist all it’s own. A story that cannot be missed filled with many powerful characters, who more than entertain readers – they captivate and charm us.
Godiva faced many challenges throughout the story – least of which her naked horse back ride through the streets of Coventry. Leofric – a man of many facets who will have readers gripped, challenged and enthralled. Together, these characters make for a stunningly portrayed story. Many secondary characters add their own magic to the tale also.
Eliza Redgold manages to create a story so compelling that it completely took this reader’s attention. Worth the read and then some. Eliza Redgold mesmarises readers with her version of Godiva that was just enchanting as it was beautiful.
*Review copy received from the Author for an honest review