Lady Godiva

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Noun1.Lady Godiva - according to legend she rode naked through Coventry in order to persuade her husband not to tax the townspeople so heavilyLady 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)
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Peeping Tom, a creation of the 17th century, was the hero of the 1784 comic opera Peeping Tom of Coventry, produced at the Strand Theatre, London.
In some versions, she had previously requested all the townspeople to stay indoors at the appointed hour, and not to look at her, one tailor, since known as " Peeping Tom of Coventry, " looked through his window, for which a miracle struck him blind.