Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend

Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend

Author(s): Daniel Donoghue

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405100465

Online ISBN: 9780470776148

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776148

About this Book

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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