Godiva and the Golden Dragonby Steven James
Harold of Wessex, Duke William of Normandy, and King Haraald of Norway: These pivotal characters were men of passion and strength. Not surprising then to find that the spark that lit the bonfire was a
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With the Royal Dragon banner following Harold Godwinsson, England enjoyed peace...until 1066. England suddenly found itself beset by enemies from across the sea.
Harold of Wessex, Duke William of Normandy, and King Haraald of Norway: These pivotal characters were men of passion and strength. Not surprising then to find that the spark that lit the bonfire was a woman.
Lady Godiva, wife of Harold’s rival in Mercia, chooses a radical way to command attention. Aldbald, a craftsman of Coventry and the only eye witness to Godiva’s naked ride, falls in love with the Lady. Aldbald unwittingly carries the momentum which sets England on an irreversible course that destroys the mighty king of Norway, brings an end to Anglo-Saxon rule, and allows William to change his surname from the Bastard to the Conqueror.
History records that it was William who won in 1066. However, on the battlefield where the future of England was decided, so too did Harold, Godiva and Aldbald each find that for which they searched.
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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.
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.
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.¿