Godiva: A Novel

Paperback | April 21, 2016

byNicole Galland

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Nicole Galland, author of The Fool’s Tale, turns her clever pen toward re-imagining the famous legend of Lady Godiva in this expertly crafted historical novel set in Anglo-Saxon England.
 
A 12th-century noblewoman, Lady Godiva is infamous for riding naked through Coventry to relieve her people of her husband’s unfair and oppressive taxation. Leofric, Earl of Mercia, said he would ease the tax burden if she would ride through the streets, wearing only her glorious, long hair. In doing so she risked everything, including her home and well-being.
 
Told with humor and precise attention to detail, Nicole Galland’s Godiva brings to life the adventures of the legendary lady, her husband and her best friend the Abbess Egdiva in thrilling detail. It’s an entertaining tale of courtly intrigue, deceit, and romance that is sure to captivate fans of literary and historical fiction.

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Nicole Galland, author of The Fool’s Tale, turns her clever pen toward re-imagining the famous legend of Lady Godiva in this expertly crafted historical novel set in Anglo-Saxon England. A 12th-century noblewoman, Lady Godiva is infamous for riding naked through Coventry to relieve her people of her husband’s unfair and oppressive taxa...

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From the author of The Fool's Tale comes a brilliantly crafted retelling of the legend of Lady GodivaAccording to legend, Lady Godiva lifted the unfair taxation of her people by her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, by riding through the streets of Coventry wearing only a smile. It's a story that's kept tongues wagging for nearly a tho...

Nicole Galland's five previous novels areThe Fool's Tale;Revenge of the Rose;Crossed;I, Iago, andGodiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for theMartha's Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.82 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062026887

ISBN - 13:9780062026880

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Godiva is amusing, practical, lively, and relatable in this clever retelling of the legendarily naked lady’s story, Galland’s fifth novel. Filled to the brim with courtly intrigue, dangerous misapprehensions, crossings and double-crossings, and enough high humor to ensure at least some giggling through many portions...