Britain, 1045. The Normans are circling, waiting their turn to pounce on the English throne and wrest it away from the Anglo-Saxon barons. King Edward the Confessor, the childless, half Norman 'Virgin King' does his Machiavellian best to aid them. Everything centres on the succession.
Earl Lovric of Mercia and his powerful wife, Godiva - two of the most powerful of his Anglo-Saxon vassals are inevitably drawn into the machinations at Court. When Edward manipulates their son into a treasonable act and makes him a pawn in his power play, Godiva's maternal instincts rise to the fore. Intrigue and powerplay undermine her own trust in her husband... and the stage is set for one of the most powerful mythological stories of British history.
This is the story of an independent, resourceful and intelligent noble woman tested to the limits of her endurance, which illuminates one of the great myths of British history.From the Back Cover:
‘‘Where is she?’ he said, this throat suddenly tightening. ‘She’s supposed to be here when the men come home.’
Just then fresh noises came from the entrance to the yard and everyone turned to look that way. Godiva’s outrider, blowing a horn, came trotting in, followed immediately by her liveried herald. Lovric swore into his beard at this ostentation and turned away from his waiting soldiers in embarrassment.
But then Godiva appeared, riding high on a tall Palomino mare, horse and rider a swirl of chestnut, cream and pale gold, and his anger faded like an enemy that had briefly raised his flag but passed on to another confrontation.’
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