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Godiva, Lady

(gōdī`və), fl. c.1040–80, wife of Leofric, earl of Mercia; famous for her legendary ride through the city of Coventry. She was a benefactor of several monasteries, especially that at Coventry, which she and her husband founded (1043). The legend about her, which first appears in the chronicle of Roger of WendoverRoger of Wendover,
d. c.1236, English chronicler, a monk of St. Albans. As historiographer of St. Albans, he began the Flores historiarum (see Matthew of Westminster), a general chronicle starting with the creation.
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, states that her husband agreed to remit the heavy taxation on the people of Coventry if she would ride naked through the town on a white horse. The story of Peeping Tom, the only person who looked through the closed shutters, did not enter the legend until the 17th cent. Michael Drayton (1613), Tennyson (1842), and others made Lady Godiva the subject of poems. A bronze statue of her by Sir William Reid Dick was erected in Coventry in 1949.

Godiva, Lady

(d. 1057) Leofric’s wife who rode through Coventry clothed only in her long, golden hair. [Br. Hist.: Payton, 274]
See: Hair

Godiva, Lady

(d. 1057) rode naked through Coventry to secure tax reduction for the people. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 471]
See: Nudity
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The annual event will see Lady Godiva - played by Pru Porretta - accompanied by 15 of her inspiring sisters, both ancient and modern.
This year, Pru Porretta has invited former Coventry P a r a l -y m -pian Rita Thompson to attend as a special guest.
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They will be led by tour guides Pru Porretta, Coventry's modern day Lady Godiva, official blue badge guide Roger Bailey, Coventry's St George, and local music historian Pete Chambers.
The final tour will be a Costumed Godiva tour with Pru Porretta taking audiences through the essential historical sites, legacies and arts in the city that relate to Godiva.
UNITED: Left, Coventrys Lady Godiva Pru Porretta and Margaret Tsi.
Pru Porretta will be on the Millennium Bridge near the Transport Museum from 12-1pm on Thursday March 8.