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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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Even though Lady Godiva did exist, it is thought the story has evolved over many years and the legend was born.
"It's what cemented the connection between Godiva and luxury chocolates in the American mind." Originally a baroque affair portraying Lady Godiva in full armor, the box was toned down a bit in 2007.
Lady Godiva will also have gold hand-painted decorations on a flared skirt and trailing sleeves and a corset decorated with mirrored flowers when she appears in Coventry city centre in July 2012.
On board was Coventry's Lord Mayor, and along with a large group of schoolchildren, the city's own Lady Godiva - Pru Porretta was on hand to welcome the train to the city.
Lady Godiva issued a statement ordering citizens to stay inside and shut their windows, but a tailor, known as Tom, couldn't resist having a look.
It features Birmingham people as extras and provides a new comic twist on the global legend of Lady Godiva, who rode naked through the streets of Coventry in the 11th century.
But there appears to be no false modesty with a new film, Lady Godiva: Back in the Saddle, which is described as a Carry On-style frolic based on the adventures of a fictional corrupt Coventry mayor who is a philanderer and a gambler.
LADY Godiva - Back in the Saddle is a new twist on the old story.
LADY Godiva, who lived in England during the 11th Century, was the wife of Earl Leofric of Mercia.
The train will be named at an event on April 4, where after that, it will make its first journey as the Lady Godiva. The city's flag, which was unveiled in December after a competition run by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, will feature on front of the train.