The Real Godiva

Last week I dropped by Paula Lofting’s wonderful blog to talk about The Real Lady Godiva.

The Road to Hastings and other Stories

While researching Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest I came across some incredibly interesting characters. One of the most misunderstood women of the 11th century has to be Lady Godiva. Although she would have been known as Godgifu in her lifetime, we shall call her Godiva, the name we have all grown up with, and to distinguish her from several notable ladies of a similar name in this period. Known for her legendary naked ride through Coventry in order to ease the tax burdens of its citizens, finding the true story of Lady Godiva was a fascinating experience. She was the grandmother of three of the leading English characters of the Norman Conquest; Harold II’s queen, Ealdgyth and the earls of Mercia and Northumberland, Edwin and Morcar.

The origins of Lady Godiva herself, are shrouded in mystery and the distance of time. We know nothing of…

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2 thoughts on “The Real Godiva

  1. foodinbooks 13/12/2018 / 18:08

    I hadn’t read your guest post previously, so thank you for sharing it here. Lady Godiva has always seemed like one of those iconic, not-quite-real figures from history so it was nice to read about her life and have her “humanized” a bit. As always, a lovely post from you, Sharon!

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