Also Known by
the name: Godgyfu or Godgifu
1040 - c. 1070
She was born c. 1040
connections : She was the wife of the Danish Lord Leofric,
the Earl of Mercia ( who was given land by King Canute)
Believed to be
the mother of Ælfgar, Leofric's only known child
Lady Godiva died c. 1070
Accomplishments and Achievements or why Lady Godiva was famous:
The Saxon woman who rode naked on a horse through the
Medieval town of Coventry
Lady Godiva is
mentioned in the Domesday Book which was compiled in 1086.
This famous noblewoman is documented as holding many estates
in Warwickshire which included Coventry, which she inherited
from Leofric who died in 1057.
The legend of Lady Godiva dates back to England in Medieval Times when
the Saxon wife of a Danish Lord rode naked through the streets of
Coventry, 'clad in naught but her long tresses', in order to prove that
the Saxon inhabitants were honorable and would not look at her.
The story and biography of Lady Godiva which contains interesting information,
facts & the history about the life of this Medieval woman of
The legend and story was embellished
as time went by detail was added that Lady Godiva had instructed the
townsfolk to stay indoors during her ride, everyone did except a man
named Tom who not resist peeking at her, hence the term "Peeping Tom."