The Naked Countess

The Naked Countess

by Cindy May

What was the link between the statue of a naked girl in the centre of Coventry and the Countess? The bronze statue in Coventry Broadgate was to Godiva, Countess of Mercia. In 1040, when the compassionate Godiva had begged her husband, Earl Leofric, to reduce the taxes on the people, he, in a moment of temper, had snapped

‘Ascend thy horse naked and pass


What was the link between the statue of a naked girl in the centre of Coventry and the Countess? The bronze statue in Coventry Broadgate was to Godiva, Countess of Mercia. In 1040, when the compassionate Godiva had begged her husband, Earl Leofric, to reduce the taxes on the people, he, in a moment of temper, had snapped

‘Ascend thy horse naked and pass thus through the town from one end to the other in sight of the people and on thy return thou shalt obtain thy request.’
Outraged and intent on calling his bluff, she had responded
‘And should I be willing to do this, wilt thou give me leave?’
He retorted
‘I wilt.’

Two people, united in good works, had painted themselves into a corner. As the ruler of a large part of England, he could not afford to back down, and if she did, the people of Coventry would starve. She rode naked through the town, her modesty protected by the illusory cover of her long fair hair. She returned tear streaked, sweaty and clothed in virtue having sacrificed herself for the good of others.

After Mavis, the twenty-something Countess of Shipston saved Emily from a London brothel where she was being held against her will, the only person the traumatised girl trusted was Mavis. Although she adored her husband, the Earl of Shipston, Mavis knew Emily needed love. It led the young Countess into a Lezzy affair that could wreck her marriage, as she faced the same choice that Godiva had, but for different reasons. Could she follow Godiva’s example and disregard the cost to herself, and if she did what price would she pay in the end.

The Naked Countess is a fictionalised account of the events of 1040 when a real Countess rode into history in the service of others. Author Cindy May has drawn on accounts dating back as far as 1236AD and perhaps even fifty years before that, and has pieced together an account of those dramatic events which is fiction, but may well be very close to what happened when a high spirited young countess defied convention.

The modern element, in which Mavis, Countess of Shipston faced an equally traumatic choice is part of the Cotcote Chronicles, the record of the saucy goings on in the picture postcard Cotswold village of Cotcote.

In a fast paced novel that takes the reader from medieval Mercia and the days of Lady Godiva, to the Swallows training camp of the KGB at Verkhonoye, and to the Wife Swap Club at Cotcote Castle, we meet a fascinating list of characters, with non stop sex, romance, and excitement.

In the final chapter we find out the answer to the question “What was the link between the statue of a naked girl in the centre of Coventry and the Countess?”

At the end of the novel, a thought provoking postscript bring together many of the threads of the real Godiva story, such as John of Wallingford, a historian of medieval England, who may have been the first person to write down the story of Godiva.

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Cindy May
Publication date:
Cotcote Chronicles , #5
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Age Range:
18 Years

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Hi, All the advice is that I'm supposed to write a profile, but I find it a lot easier to write about the characters in my novels than about me. If I write it one way it sounds so boring that I wouldn't read it, so why inflict it on you. If I do it the other way, it sounds as if I think there are only two good authors in history, me and Will Shakespeare, and that is worse. There are at least three good authors ! (joke) When I have read bios from other authors, I'm not too concerned with where they went to school, what their favorite color is or whether they are 4 feet tall or 8 feet tall. I want to know "what makes them tick" and "What is it that they are trying to say?" The average bio just does not tell me, and I'm not sure if I know how to say it, so I'd prefer to let my characters talk for me. Maybe the best bet is to tell you what and why I write. Well, first off, I enjoy doing it, so even if you hate my books, there is one person that likes 'em - me! I have read a cross section of literature over the years. In most genres there is plenty of variety, and that makes a book or a film good, as you don't know what will happen. I recall reading one novel and there was a subplot with a cute Chinese gal. I wondered if she was going to make it to the end of the story or not. At various times, it looked bad for her, and in the end I was more concerned about her than the main plot. With most "Romance", the plot is 'girl meets boy; girl loses boy, girl regains boy'. If there is a good girl/bad girl battle, you know on page ONE which is which, so you know what will happen on p336. All that the other 334 pages do is to fill in the precise details. With erotica, the sex can be much steamier, and the HEA (Happy Ever After) is not necessary, but the girls are often just a system to transport the sexy bits from one bed to the next bed. That is degrading to women, and it stinks! I even saw a review where the reviewer PRAISED the lack of character development or plot. If the review was fair, then I do not think I would care much for that book. People are not self-propelled sex organs seeking another organ. They have all sorts of hopes, fears, desires, hang-ups, and that is what makes us act as we do. I wanted real people to inhabit my novels. I wanted Mary Beth and Kitty, Lady Annabelle and Mavis, Tanya, Svetlana, Abby, Tracy and Phoebe to be people you can relate to, and even think, “Yeah, I knew someone like that.” I guess another influence that impelled me to write is that there are things I feel strongly about. In the US, one phrase that gets me real mad is “trailer trash”. Someone may come from a poor background and live in grim surroundings, but that does not automatically make them trash to be despised. There are plenty of nasty people to be found in such circumstances, but you can find nasty people in the most luxurious penthouse as well. Has anyone written about a Penthouse Pig?In “Gold Medal Momma”, there is a Trailer park gal. Does she deserve to be called trash? In the UK there are similar phrases. In “The Lady and the Slut” the yawning gap between a gal who is the daughter of the Manor House and a gal whose mum was the village slut is central to the story. “Three Brides and One Guy” opens just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and recalls the horrific ethnic cleansing in Chechnya where Russian families fled or died. Those that fled back to Russia faced discrimination. "Three Brides" explored a whole host of issues. In "The Slutlets Get Mad", the Conroy twins, Tracy and Phoebe take center stage in a sexy action packed tale set in the Cotswolds and Moscow with an explosive finale. There's plenty of sex, plenty of adventure and a chance to get to know Abby and her two daughters better. 'Even When You Lie' and its Sequel. 'Cotcote Babes' enter the world of office politics, office sex and the notorious Christmas Party. An interracial affair kicks off between an Asian girl and an English guy, but soon they must run for their lives from an Honour Killing. Add a gold digger who sets out to nail the boss and a gal whose mom dumped her like a carton from a fast food meal when she was five and the there is a heady mix of sex, love, lust, betrayal and drama. 'Once Upon an Office' depicts the self-contaied world of office politics and office sex. By highlighting these issues in a novel, I can say "Hey, what about this?" To take the easiest one, we all know that phrase "trailer trash", but people are NOT trash because of where they live. PERIOD. I would apply the trash label to the person who thinks of another human being in those terms, as it is nasty and unfair. OK, I guess I'd better calm down! If you decide to read one of my novels, I hope that YOU will ask yourself a few questions at the end of it. The characters are imaginary, but the problems they face are real, and real people face them every single day. Often the emotional baggage that the characters carry, or the way other people react to them, determines what will happen. I do kind of like a story where someone from the wrong side of the tracks makes good in the end, and I don’t like a story where the bad guy or bad girl are top of the compost heap on the last page. I'd like to say a big thanks to the kind folks who added me to their favorite authors list. That was much appreciated. Some are readers and that is real nice. Some are authors, and it is nice that we can appreciate one another's work. It is also a change from the author bashing that the "Thought Police" engage in on certain sites. Why in tarnation should we be nasty to one another? I just don't see what the folks that do it can get out of it. If you want to find out about my novels type in Cindy May in a search engine or on Smashwords, Amazon etc, and you should find a link I have a website on Google with a write up on my books and a few personal thoughts etc. I think I’ve said enough. LOL CM

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