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Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 forfe
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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He answer'd, "Ride you naked thro' the town,
And I repeal it;"

----Lord Alfred Tennyson

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd, a.k.a, Eliza Redgold, a lecturer-cum-contemporary-romance-writer, pens the story of Lady Godiva in her new historical fiction, Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva, where the author vividly as well as compassionately captures the real story behind Godiva's naked ride through the streets of Coventry, that is based upon Tennyson's famous poem, Godiva.


We know her name. We know of her
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author includes a lot of research into the historical figures of Lady Godiva and surrounding characters that gets pulled into this novel, along with some imagined motivations and relationships that aren't documented. Despite some bodice-ripping scenes that pull this more toward the historical romance side than I usually read, I enjoyed the story of these Anglo-Saxons holding firm to their land in the face of severe Viking threat. I had never heard of Leofric, Godiva's husband, although I sho ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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I often refer to myself as a cover slut and Eliza Redgold’s Naked is yet another brilliant example of that comic personal quirk. Truth is I’ve little interest in the legend of Lady Godiva as there is virtually no historic evidence indicating her erotic exhibitionism actually took place, but I do enjoy art and John Collier’s striking oil was hard to ignore. I requested the book without much thought and only realized my genera
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lady Godiva's famous naked ride through the streets is definitely a memorable tale but only a small part of the story. Invading Danes, traitors, famine, and a powerful Earl all swirl around Godiva as she struggles to not only survive but maintain control over the coveted Middle Lands. The Earl of Mercia, Leofric, looks to be her savior but could be secretly angl
Krista Baetiong Tungol
It’s embarrassing to admit that before my foray into Medieval English historical reads (which started rather late, just two or three years ago), I only knew Godiva to be a brand/manufacturer of luxury chocolates. I didn’t know Godiva was a historical figure, more so a legendary one with her famed naked ride through Coventry town to dissuade her husband from raising her people’s taxes. That she was the only female Saxon landowner who kept her lands free from Danish and Norman invasions made me th ...more
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Advanced review copy from publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own.

This is a retelling of the legend of Lady Godiva, who rode naked through the town of Coventry to convince her husband to lift the harsh taxes he'd imposed on the people there. By proving that she would shame herself in order to save her people from starvation, she succeeded in shaming her husband into lifting the taxes.

Although this is very much a love story, Redgold draws on the political
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Naked" is the story of Lady Godiva, who is most commonly known for riding through her small town of Coventry naked on a horse with only her hair to cover herself. This lady is truly a legend and one that has fascinated so many people, historical fiction and history lovers alike. I'm always fascinated by this story so I was really interested in the author's take on Lady Godiva. Not many facts are about her but the author is able to take what we know and expound on it and create a really rich and ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
"I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva..."

So, no joke, this moved up on my priority list after we watched Bohemian Rhapsody a few months ago and I got onto (yet another) Queen kick. After finishing, I have to say that I'm pretty sure 95% of this was fictional, because the legend of the naked ride is just that - apparently has no plausible basis in fact. Thorkell the Tall was a real person, as Godiva and Leofric were. That's... it? idk. I appreciated the book because it wove a decent story
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Firstly, I must say that I have always had a craving for historical stories that sweep readers into the lives of people who lived eras ago. I deeply respect authors writing this particular genre of novels. What you do is much appreciated…KUDOS! I deeply enjoyed NAKED by Eliza Redgold so much that I cannot find the right words to describe how I feel after clicking to the very last page!

Artful writing makes this historical novel pure pleasure to read. Characters with depth (I especially love Lady
Amalia Carosella
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 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! But what I really appreciated about NAKED was the lyrical style of the prose, which made the novel an almost seamless blending between the poem we're all so familiar with and ...more
Michelle Diener
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I was lucky to receive an advance reading copy of NAKED, and I loved it. The writing is lyrical and beautiful and the way the author explores the legend of Lady Godiva is nothing short of delicious. The research was so skilfully woven into the novel, it made me want to find everything I can on this era in English history and devour it.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This had more romance and sex than I like in my books, but it was still a good, well-c0nstructed, well-researched book. I enjoyed it immensely once I got past the first 25%. The odd Saxon names always brought me out of the story so I feel they detracted rather than added to the story. I didn't know much about Godiva before reading this book, and now I am glad that I have made her acquaintance. She dared to defy a man for a cause when it was not easy to do so. I loved the facts at the end so I co ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a particularly good rendition of the Lady Godiva story. Let's just say that both Redgold's writing and portrayal of Godiva drove me bonkers, and leave it at that.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book.

I loved this book! It is so well written. The author stated she used fictional accounts of Lady Godiva and Lord Leofric's love for one another, but it seems the history she found is that they had a happy marriage throughout their lifetime.

So many scenes had such beautiful poetry. The details in the towns and every little thing that was going on was so precise to me. There is bloodshed, tears, evilness, love, betraya
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful retelling of the tale of Lady Godiva's ride through Coventry by an excellent writer. Sometimes poetic in it's prose, which I had to get used to but nicely done and quite historical.

The author's endnotes were superb - check them first- (my basic kindle can be awkward to flip back and forth). Redgold's historical premises were quite accurate and the storyline very plausible.

Understanding who were Saxons and where they were situated in England at that time did a great deal for my unders
Talking Books
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
5 stars
*Review copy received from the Author for an honest review
Jun 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read-again
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Originally posted on Book-o-Craze, on a tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

What an emotional ride! Both literally and figuratively!

This book is devoted to Lady Godiva, her story and what drove her to carry out her famous naked ride. Of course, some true facts were included in the retelling, but a plot twist was the added element, that made the legend seem a little nicer, in some ways!

I have to admit that I'm not very familiar with the true myth of Lady Godiva's ride. Before reading this book
Jo Barton
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, for me this book was rather special as it cleverly combines both myth and factual evidence and puts forward what we think we know about the Anglo-Saxon way of life. However, we must also remember that the eleventh century was a shadowy time, steeped in culture and custom and alive with intrigue and danger. In this tough and lawless time in our history, constant and vicious attack often overshadowed daily life and as such, Godiva, newly bereaved, and a lone female landowner, was a ripe targ ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy a good historical and this one is very good with so much history and a very sensual romance between Lady Godiva and her husband Lord Leofric.

Yes we have all surely heard of Lady Godiva and her ride through the streets of Coventry naked with only her hair covering her but this story takes us further into her life and her journey to a HEA with her husband and with it the troubles and danger that abound in this era.

This story pulled me in from the first page as we get to meet the str
Jenny Schwartz
"Naked" is definitely Godiva's story. She tells it and she's a powerful narrator. Her heartache and the history of her time -- Saxon England, invaded by Danes -- is vivid. I loved watching her struggles because she grew from them, and through everything, she tried to be true to those she loved (I can't say more without spoilers).

Leofric, the hero, is her match in every way. Since the book is in Godiva's voice, we don't get to eavesdrop on Leofric's thoughts, but his actions ... oh wow. He is str
Tracee Gleichner
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I became a fan of historical fiction quite a few years back. I never like history in school, but once I read the stories as told by authors, it gave a whole new feel to what happened all those years ago. Before reading this book I didn't know too much Lady Godiva so I was intrigued by the premise.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Lady Godiva and Lord Leofric. While some people may not think they are made to be together, I saw such strength in both of the characters that I really enjoy
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Although I enjoyed Naked I was hoping for attention on political strife along with power jockeying as opposed to the heavy bland romance presented. Leofric and Godiva’s union is predictable with emphasis on benign, no surprises along the road uniting these lovebirds, a bit of a drag draws out the coupling.

Redgold describes the tension between England divided by Saxon and Dane invaders without further elaboration, my gripe is the Danes are portrayed as heathens whereas the Saxons abide by a code
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this e book for an honest review...I don't normally read historical romance so I thought ok you have to read this book....Well I am so glad that I did because if I didn't I would have missed a wonderfully written story by an author I have never read. She covered so much of history of Lady Godiva that I didn't know of and added such a lovely story which also had a lot of angst. A story of a women who loved her people and would do anything to have a tax stopped on them. There was some ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish the book. This is a rare statement from me since I have this compulsion to completely read any book I start even if I rate it one star. I liked the topic of the book, enjoy fairy tales and was looking forward to this one.
However, the author writes in 2-3 word sentences and sometimes 2-3 word paragraphs. It was such slow reading and certainly not enough forward progression to hold my interest even though it was the only book available at the time. I couldn't even find enough int
Nas Dean
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva by author Eliza Redgold is a St Martin’s Press release for July 2015.

This story gave us unique insight as to how and why Lady Godiva’s famous ride through Coventry. It is a beautiful story set in history with its own twists and turns. I loved how the author, Eliza Redgold, penned this story.

NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva is well-crafted and would hook a reader in till the last page to find what happens next. This story would remain with you long after you reach the
Linda Perkins
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Covered only by her long hair, Lady Godiva famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry. This tale entitled 'Naked' by author Eliza Redgold is a beautifully written novel filled with loyalty, sadness and the victory of grace and love. This book had me -- and took me right into another place and time. Just as Lady Godiva grew in the story, so did I. An immersive and compelling adventure that I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in good quality historical fiction, ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. I tend to enjoy historical fiction but I thought this would be more of a bodice ripped romance novel, but it was actually more of a novel with some romance thrown in. Enjoyed Lady Godiva's character very much, and also loved the developing relationship between the main characters.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This immediately captured my interest and it's a quick read. Lots of action, some steamy scenes (beautifully written). The one thing that plucked my nerves is that sometimes Godiva's horse was a he and sometimes a she - must have been a gelding!
Jenny Schwartz
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought I reviewed "Naked". Honest to goodness! This is my critique partner's amazing book and I love it!

If you've never read a Saxon era novel, begin here! Godiva, as I think of Naked, is a coming of age romance that brings a distant era vividly alive.
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Eliza Redgold is an author and 'romantic academic'. Her natural pen name 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 writes fiction as Eliza Redgold and non-fiction as Elizabeth Reid Boyd. She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

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