GODIVA by NICOLE GALLAND.
Everyone knows the legend of Lady Godiva - the woman who (in)famously rode naked on horseback through Coventry to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But why would a lady of the court take it all off and risk everything, including husband, home and well-being?
Everyone knows the legend of Lady Godiva - the woman who (in)famously rode naked on horseback through Coventry to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But why would a lady of the court take it all off and risk everything, including husband, home and well-being? In this richly imagined retelling of an oft-told ancient tale, Nicole Galland presents Lady Godiva in all her glory, as she and her best friend (the Abbess Egdiva) and husband (Leofric, Earl of Mercia) embark on an adventure filled with courtly intrigue, deceit, back-stabbing and romance.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: An Uncorrected proof copy, I have been asked not to use any quotations. PW
MEMORABLE MOMENT: As above.
MY THOUGHTS: Not something that particularly bothers me in other genres but once again here we have the story, albeit a fictionalised account, of what after all is a quintessentially English woman marred by the use of American spellings. Arguably only a small detail but to me an important one.
An okay if rather unimaginative account of what is described as 'a brilliantly crafted retelling of the legend of Godiva' made slightly more enjoyable by the inspired inclusion of Edviga, abbess, best friend and foster sister of Godiva, whose story I found much more plausible.
Set in the 11th century. Whilst I acknowledge that by necessity the writing of Godiva (or any historical fiction for that matter) combines historical fact with a certain amount of conjecture, the character of Godiva in this instance seemed to be way more of the latter. A shame really when she (or at least her riding naked through Coventry) is perhaps one of the better known historical characters of that period..
Disclaimer: An Uncorrected Proof copy, Godiva will not be published until the 11th of July, read and reviewed on behalf of NEWBOOKS magazine, I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.
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