Monday, 24 August 2015

Naked - Eliza Redgold

02_Naked A Novel of Lady Godiva_CoverNaked: A Novel of Lady Godiva
by Eliza Redgold

Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Fiction

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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.


Redgold's Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva gives readers a glimpse at the time leading up to Godiva's infamous (and fictional) ride through Coventry, in the buff, in a deal made with her husband and for her people. As opposed to full-on, straightfoward historical fiction, Naked is actually a historical romance, and I admit I wasn't entirely prepared for that. While it sets the stage for the romance in a historical setting, the story is more one for the heart than it is for history enthusiasts (such as myself). Still, Redgold is exceptional at weaving the love story—not just between Godiva and her husband, Lord Leofric of Mercia—but her unwavering devotion to Coventry. Well researched and written, I was pleasantly surprised by a twist in the latter third of the book. I think Redgold pushed through a threshold there for me with the layered storytelling that took the story to a much higher level. The ending, although perhaps wrapped up a little too neatly, is truly a fantastic one—and the poem at its finish was the icing on an already delicious cake.


I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which this is.


"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)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR03_Eliza Redgold_Author

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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  1. Thanks so much for reviewing NAKED on Please Pass the Books. I really appreciated your great comments.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity and for stopping by!