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Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

My ancestor, "Lady Godiva" of 1898 by John Collier, Pre-Raphaelite School. A major English mythological tale which depicts the naked wife of Earl Leofric of Mercia riding through Coventry to protest an unfair tax.

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John Collier (British, 1850-1934), "Lady Godiva", 1914♥

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vintage everyday: Maureen O'Hara as Lady Godiva in "Lady Godiva of Coventry" (1955)

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fuckyeahpreraphaelites: John Collier, Lady Godiva (detail), 1914

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Lady Godiva - Edmund Leighton

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Maureen O’Hara in “Lady Godiva of Coventry” 1955

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Lady Godiva by Ethel Mortlock (c.1865–1928) via Dark and fantastic arts FB

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