Godiva by Nicole Galland
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
The story of Lady Godiva riding through town naked to relieve her people’s unfair taxation has long been a part of popular mythology. Nicole Galland re-imagines this history and brings Godiva brilliantly to life. Her Godiva is a feisty woman, someone who is motivated not onlywere by her pride, but by loyalty to the people she loves and a strong sense of right and wrong.
I found Galland’s version of Godiva and her story to be very convincing. Both Godiva’s character and the plot itself are very well developed, so that the fact of her riding through town makes sense from both directions.
As always, Galland paints a vivid historical picture and provides a compelling view of the past.
Note: I began this book in audio and initially really enjoyed Emma Jayne Appleyard’s narration, and particularly getting to hear pronunciation of pre-Norman British names. About 1/3 of the way through there was a period of a few minutes where I could hear some mouth noises. As I had already abandoned another audiobook that day for excessive mouth noises, I had no patience to continue and switched to the print copy I already had. If the noise abates relatively quickly I think the audio would actually be the better choice because of the way Appleyard brought Godiva to life and for the aforementioned pronunciations.
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