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Realistic characterizations and a sense of fate are woven into a tapestry of historical events in Steven James' Godiva and the Golden Dragon. Godiva chronicles the last years of Anglo-Saxon rule in England when Harold Godwinsson of Wessex becomes the last man to fly the Royal Dragon banner. Key to this romantic adventure ...
Realistic characterizations and a sense of fate are woven into a tapestry of historical events in Steven James' Godiva and the Golden Dragon. Godiva chronicles the last years of Anglo-Saxon rule in England when Harold Godwinsson of Wessex becomes the last man to fly the Royal Dragon banner. Key to this romantic adventure is Lady Godiva, wife to Earl Leofric, Harold's rival in Mercia. The beautiful Lady Godiva, wanting to command her husband's attention, rides naked through the streets of Coventry. The story is set in motion when Aldbald, a craftsman of Coventry, is the only male eyewitness to Godiva's ride. News of the event in Coventry piques the interest of Harold of Wessex, captures the attention of the Duke of Normandy, creates a fervor in the King of Norway, and even leads to the King of Wales losing his head. Aldbald, who falls hopelessly in love with the Lady, knows that only one man can win Godiva's heart. As servant to Harold's frustrated younger brother Tostig, Aldbald becomes the binding tie for the tale. When Leofric is found dead, and tensions mount with Lady Godiva's son, Harold becomes obsessed with the desire to reconcile affairs with Godiva. Each attempt is thwarted, just as are Aldbald's attempts to meet the Lady to whom he has sent anonymous letters of love. In 1066, Harold assumes the throne of England. Yet, he feels powerless to maintain the peace he so wants. The Lady Godiva is in hiding, Duke William of Normandy is planning invasion, and his own bitterly resentful brother Tostig seeks his downfall. Sub-plots revolve around the main story, including Queen Edith and the monk Caedwig's repressed feelings for each other, the King of Wales' desire for Godiva, and William of Normandy's personal ambitions. In the end, fate brought Aldbald, Godiva and Harold together; and on the battlefield where the future of England was decided, so too did each of them find that for which they searched.
Posted October 27, 2001
Godiva and the Golden Dragon is an excellent read. Starting with the famous ride of Godiva through Coventry, you are met with Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies and battles, that keep you captivated until the end. I loved every word. It had everything I look for in a book...mystery, horror and excitment. And yes, it had that romance stuff, too. Any book that can grab me on the first word and not let me put it down until I'm finished is a good book...and this WAS a good book. I was disappointed in the end though...there wasn't any more to read. Steven James did a fantastic job mixing historical fact with fiction. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the fascinating world of medieval England.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2001
Using hundreds of historical details, Steven James has woven a wonderful tapestry of love and political intrigue in 11th century England. With a voice that characterizes the times beautifully and with narrative that is both poetic and powerful, Mr. James tells the story of how a young man of Coventry came to rub shoulders with great historical figures of the past. From Lady Godiva¿s infamous ride to the surprise turn of events at the end, Godiva and the Golden Dragon is a great ¿read.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2001
Steven James does a remarkable job of mixing historical fact and fiction to create a novel of political intrigue, loyalty, battle and romance. The story starts with Lady Godiva's famous ride, and follows how it set off a chain of events, big and small, culminating in the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Godiva and the Golden Dragon brings to life several characters: some real, such as Harold of Wessex, his brother Tostig, and of course the Lady Godiva; others fictional but quite believable. The author weaves their intermingled tales in an exciting saga that puts new twists on the story of the end of the Anglo-Saxon reign in England. The recreation of 11th Century politics is compelling as we witness attempts by various factions to fill the throne after the death of King Edward. This novel could make a wonderful movie as well. Reading this book is a must if you've ever been interested in medieval England.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.