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Lady Godiva

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Short Biography about the life of Lady Godiva
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Lady Godiva a famous Medieval character of historical importance who lived during the Middle Ages:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: English - Saxon

  • Also Known by the name: Godgyfu or Godgifu
  • Lifetime: c. 1040 - c. 1070
  • Born: She was born c. 1040
  • Family 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
  • Died: 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.

Lady Godiva
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 historical importance.

Peeping Tom
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."

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