The Morning Gift: A True Love Custom

The Morning Gift: A True Love Custom

  A beautiful old custom I discovered while writing NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva was the Anglo-Saxon custom of the morgengifu or ‘morning gift’. The morning gift was given to a bride by her husband the morning after their wedding. It could be land, money, goods or...
Godiva – Saint or Goddess?

Godiva – Saint or Goddess?

   “My father dreamed of building in stone,” I said. “He dreamed of a castle. And my mother used to say, Better to have castles made of wood than made of air, Radulf.” Leofric smiled; the unexpected boyish smile that seemed to go straight to my core.  “And what did...
Lady Godiva’s Ride into New York

Lady Godiva’s Ride into New York

  Lady Godiva is riding back into popular culture. I’m so excited to have the chance to present on NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva at the Popular/American Culture Association in the US. Here’s the abstract for my academic paper: ‘The legend of Lady...
Time Lady: Inspiration from the Past

Time Lady: Inspiration from the Past

Which historical time period would you like to have lived in? The time periods we are drawn to can inspire and teach us a lot about what we seek in life. Two of my favourite historical eras are the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century. In spite of the challenges...