The setting is Britain, 1045. The Normans are circling, waiting their turn to pounce on the English throne and wrest it away from the Anglo-Saxon barons who grudgingly support King Edward the Confessor, the childless, half Norman "Virgin King." The royal court is a hotbed of rumor and political intrigue, and everything hinges on the succession. Godiva, wife of Lovric, Earl of Mercia, one of the most powerful barons—and herself a major landowner in her own right—is drawn into the court machinations. When Edward manipulates their son into a treasonable act and makes him a pawn in his power play, Godiva's ferocious maternal instincts rise to the fore. As the courtly scheming undermines Godiva's hitherto solid marriage and drives her to despair and confusion, the stage is set for a story so powerful its impact has survived for a thousand years. This story of an independent, resourceful, and intelligent noble woman tested to the limits of her endurance illuminates one of the great myths of British history.
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‘‘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.’About the Author:
Nerys Jones held a joint PhD in Celtic languages and literatures, and sociology. She lectured for several years in the Harvard Celtic department and published on Irish and Welsh medieval topics. She was Welsh and spoke fluent Welsh. In 2004 she began to write fiction. She died in 2007 while Godiva, her first novel, was being published.
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