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Godiva by Nerys Jones


by Nerys Jones

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Whether you like historical fiction or not, Godiva by Nerys Jones really is a very enjoyable book. I needed something a little less demanding after the last couple of books I had read, and this was good fun to romp through after a long day at work.

I’ve tagged it British Literature but Nerys Jones was Welsh, and it is very sad indeed that she did not live to see her first novel published. According to the blurb on the back of the book, she had a joint PhD in Celtic languages and literatures, and sociology. She was a lecturer at Harvard before she started writing fiction in 2004, but she died in 2007. So this is the only book we can enjoy by this talented writer. It’s a shame, because the only other authors I can think of who do this type of light historical fiction so well are Tracy Chevalier, Michelle Lovric and Sarah Dunant.

For the rest of my review visit http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/godiva-by-nerys-jones/ ( )
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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 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 tale of an independent, resourceful, and intelligent noblewoman tested to the limits of her endurance illuminates one of the great myths of British history.

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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. Originally published: London: Macmillan.

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