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Go·di·va(gə-dī′və), Lady fl. c. 1050.
Wife of Leofric (968-1057), Earl of Mercia. She is said to have ridden naked through the streets of Coventry to persuade her husband to lower the town's taxes.
(Biography) Lady. ?1040–1080, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to legend, she rode naked through Coventry in order to obtain remission for the townspeople from the heavy taxes imposed by her husband
( “Lady Godiva” ), died 1057, an English noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry to win relief for the people from a burdensome tax.
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|Noun||1.||Godiva - according to legend she rode naked through Coventry in order to persuade her husband not to tax the townspeople so heavily; the only person to look at her as she rode by was a man named Tom and Peeping Tom has become a synonym for voyeur (circa 1040-1080)|