Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 176 pages
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This book investigates who Lady Godiva was, how the story of her naked horseback ride through Coventry arose, and how the whole Godiva legend has evolved from the thirteenth century through to the present day.

  • Traces the erotic myth of Lady Godiva back to its medieval origins.
  • Based on scholarly research but written to be accessible to general readers.
  • Combines history, literature, art and folklore.
  • Focuses on the twin themes of voyeurism and medievalism.
  • Contributes to our understanding of cultural history, medievalism and the history of sexuality.

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User Review  - Liam Guilar - Goodreads

I lived with this book fpr several years while writing "Lady Godiva and Me" and it was endlessly fascinating, provocative and useful. It not only investigates the historical reality behind the legend ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

With a touch of the historical background, but mostly a study of the legend itself and how it developed over the centuries - and reasonable arguments as to why - picking apart how the lady Godiva ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Daniel G. Donoghue is Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Style in Old English Poetry (1987) and co-editor, with Seamus Heaney, of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2002). He is also the author of the chapter on Lady Godiva in Literary Appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the Thirteenth to the Twentieth Century (eds Donald Scragg and Carole Weinberg, 2000).

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