Having survived a grave illness to become one of 11th-century England’s wealthiest landowners, Godgyfu of Coventry remains forever grateful to the town whose patron saint worked such miracles. She vows to rebuild Coventry’s abbey and better the lives of its townsfolk. But the wider kingdom is descending into political turmoil, and her husband, Earl Leofric, starts to break under the strain. Godgyfu finds her own plans unravelling the moment she meets Thomas, a Benedictine novice with perverse, secret desires. Three lives become dangerously entangled in a shocking web of ambition, voyeuristic lust, and horrid obsession. Can Godgyfu escape the monk’s menacing wiles and Leofric’s betrayals to secure her future in a changing kingdom? Perhaps, but first she faces a dark test of wills leading her perilously closer to a legendary ride…
"In this swiftly moving story with spectacular attention to period detail, Christopher M. Cevasco removes Lady Godiva from the chocolate box and deftly returns her to historical context—a distant, brutal age when viking was a verb and secret pagan cults littered England’s forests. Beheld’s two obsessed lovers risk all in an erotic, forbidden affair, climaxing in an explosive plot that is nothing less than a battle for the soul." —Karen Essex, national and international best-selling author of Leonardo’s Swans and Kleopatra.