L is Lady Godiva

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.




About Pam Smith

I am a Christian and currently exploring vocation. I am a writer, I conduct a brass band, I am an avid reader and when I'm not doing any of those things I crochet with a fierce passion. I am mum to two fantastic young adults, celebrating my Silver wedding anniversary in 2016 with my husband. I recently gained my Bachelor of Arts with honours.
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13 Responses to L is Lady Godiva

  1. pattisj says:

    I remember a song about her a few decades back.


    • sterlingsop says:

      I think there was a group called Peter and Gordon who sang one about her. And for some reason The Beatles is coming to mind as well….probably me getting mixed up about something!


  2. dderbydave says:

    Very cheesy video just appeared on YouTube.
    Sterlingsop – Lady Madonna?
    I lived in Cov for 4 years and they’re quite proud of the lady – well they’ve no football team to speak of, have they? Lol


  3. Maxi says:

    Bring back Lady G, I say. Let her ride hither and yon throughout the world to bring relief to the burdened taxpayer.

    Did the term “peeping tom” come from this story?

    Blessings – Maxi


    • sterlingsop says:

      Hi Maxi, yes, this is where we get the term “Peeping Tom”. Not sure what his real name was but isn’t it funny how things like that can stick with us down the centuries?!?!!


  4. donnamcdine says:

    Fascinating piece of history. Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting through the A to Z Challenge. Lovely blog!

    Best regards,
    Award-winning Children’s Author
    Write What Inspires You Blog
    The Golden Pathway story book Blog


  5. nirupamaprv says:

    That is quite a story!
    I wonder if the chocolatier Godiva have based their symbol on this magnificent lady’s story?


  6. auntyuta says:

    Great story, great Lady, great picture! Thanks for posting this.


  7. Great story and beautiful picture, sigh and I thought the name was all about chocolate!


    • sterlingsop says:

      I didn’t realise there was a chocolate association until I posted this article. I think I need to check out this chocolate range to see if it’s worthy of the history lol!


  8. auntyuta says:

    This is a beautiful painting of Lady Godiva. Pity that no-one has found a way yet to reform the taxation system to the satisfaction of the people.


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