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Who is Eliza Redgold?
Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of my given name Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. I’m an author, academic and unashamed romantic. I’ve presented academic papers on women and romance and am a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. I was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently live in Australia.
Who is your favourite author?
It would have to be William Shakespeare. I know he’s a playwright but he was the most brilliant writer ever. I have a private theory he was a Time Lord, rather like Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m a little bit in love with him so I was very pleased to see the recent discovery of a portrait of William Shakespeare that suggests he was very handsome.
Do you listen to music while you write?
I often listen to music before I write to evoke a particular mood, but not while I’m actually writing.
What type of music?
Every book I write has its own theme tune. Here’s Wild Horses theme music for Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva.
What do you do to relax?
I love to travel. It’s usually combined with a research trip. I also read a lot, I enjoy audio books and I watch plenty of movies. I’m also a quilter. For me, it helps to put the pieces of the plot together.
And of course, I spend time with my family: my tall, dark, handsome English husband and our daughter, who has very long hair and looks amazingly like the girl on the book cover!
Tell us about your book...
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. We all know the legend
of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.
Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
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