The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva: & Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books

Penguin, 14 .. 2012 - 336 ˹
It is said that history is written by the winners. However, the winners arent always the best historians. Enter David Haviland, to set the record straight. In his quirky, inimitable style, Haviland separates fact from fiction regarding some of historys most well-known people and events, such as:
  • Lady Godiva: By far, historys most famous nudist equestrian. But how nude was she, really? And how did this same legend give rise to the term Peeping Tom?
  • The Boston Tea Party: What was the cause of this famous party that wasnt really a party? (Hint: If you guessed a rise in taxes, youre dead wrong!)
  • World War I: How did a directionally challenged chauffeur spark the Great War?
  • Queen Victoria: Nowadays, the word Victorian is synonymous with stuffy prudishness. But would a prude pose nude for a provocative portrait, or become close with a young Indian servant?

In The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva, Haviland untangles fallacy, farce, and misrepresentation of historic proportions. The end result is a wholly fascinating, highly educational compendium of historical folly that will entertain readers young and old!


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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

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David Haviland is a journalist, writer, and historian who has always had a love of trivia and anecdotes, particularly on the subjects of history, medicine, animals, and sports. Coauthor of Why Dogs Eat Poop and author of Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar, he lives in London.