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By Nicole Galland

From the writer of The Fool's Tale comes a brilliantly crafted retelling of the legend of woman Godiva.

According to legend, girl Godiva lifted the unfair taxation of her humans by way of her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, by way of driving during the streets of Coventry donning just a smile. It's a narrative that's stored tongues wagging for almost 1000 years. yet what might force a woman of the court docket to take off every thing and threat her attractiveness, her lifestyles, even her wardrobe--all for a number of peasants' pennies?

In this daringly unique, charmingly twisted tackle an oft-imagined story, Nicole Galland exposes a provocative view of Godiva not just within the flesh, yet in all her glory. With historical past exonerating her expensive husband, Godiva, helped alongside by way of her steadfast significant other the abbess Edgiva, defies the tyranny of a brand new royal villain. by no means prior to has Countess Godiva's experience into infamy--and into an unforeseen experience of romance, deceit, and bare intrigue--been advised really like this.

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