Nicole Galland retells the classic tale of Lady Godiva and her infamous ride. Godiva is the much loved wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Devoted to her husband, but a notorious flirt, Godiva incurs the wrath of the King. In his wrath, he gives Godiva two options, a high unfair taxation on her already starving people or a naked ride through Coventry, her hometown. With help from her best friend, Abbess Egdiva, Godiva must prepare to make the historic ride. This romantic tale is a delightful re- imagination of the famous woman.
I was so excited to begin reading this book. I loved The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland. Godiva was a strong and confident woman. I was easily drawn to her, like the characters in the book. I liked how Galland also portrayed her as noisy, and a bit of a chaos maker. I was also engrossed by Egdiva's story. The two women balanced each other, which made their connection feel real. I also liked how Galland portrayed the King as the villain, instead of Leofric. It made much more sense to a modern reader, and helped move the story along. I really enjoyed this book, and hope to read much more from Nicole Galland.