Naked A Novel of Lady Godiva
Author: Eliza Redgold
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Little bit Lifetime Movie
All I know about Lady Godiva is that she rode naked through her town once and hundreds of years later they named one of my favorite stores in the world after her.
Turns out there isn’t that much to know about her. Even the ride itself may not have happened. Eliza Redgold weaves a story that I have to admit bound me up quite nicely. More so than I thought it would. I read this in a little over a day thinking all the while that someone should make a movie out of it.
Godiva is the only heir to Coventry like most of England at the time threatened by the Danes. Godiva is smart, brave and incredibly loyal to her people who are in turn incredibly loyal to her. She’s also a warrior. She marries Lord Leofric, basically a stranger to her at the time, in order to make an alliance that will help her protect her people. In doing so she royally pisses off Edmund a Knight of her father’s who she’s been friends with since childhood.
Leofric and Godiva start out rocky in a lot of ways and a lot like Jaime and Claire from Outlander in others. In other words they may not know each other but they learn pretty fast they like sleeping with each other. 🙂 What comes after that is, to be honest, not very surprising. The ride is based upon Leofric breaking a promise to raise the taxes on her people. The betrayal I saw coming from the beginning so I’m not sure it’s going to surprise anyone.
With no real surprises why did I like this one so much? Redgold does a wonderful job with Lady Godiva herself. She’s likable and despite the time period a very relatable heroine without feeling too out of place. I wanted her to prevail. I wanted her and Leofric to work out. Basically I was rooting for this girl to survive and win despite everything that was against her. I enjoyed the fact to that her gender doesn’t get in her way. She fights with the men when Coventry is at risk. She agrees to the marriage but demands her rights from the beginning. She was a first class heroine in her own right and that helps sell the strength of the romance with Leofric and his character as well.
Recommend: Yes. A well-written lively heroine and a good romance made me fall for the type of story that I usually don’t enjoy this much. I really hope they do make it a movie.