L is for Lady Godiva
Lady Godiva is a legendary figure in Medieval Coventry who defied her husband and forced his hand when he wanted to levy heavy taxes on the people. Lady G was so incensed about his high-handedness and said that if he didn’t stop his plans to put the taxes in place she would ride on a horse, naked, through the streets of Coventry.
Leofric, her husband, agreed to the bargain but to preserve his wife’s modesty he made all the townspeople hide themselves away and to avert their gaze as she rode through.
They all did so except one, who bored a hole in the shutters and peeped out at her. He became known as Peeping Tom and legend has it that he went blind because of his cheating.
This is a painting of Lady Godiva and there is a statue of her in Coventry town centre in her honour.