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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Statue of Lady Godiva -Coventry. My famous ancestor! Too bad her statue is in the middle of a shopping center :/

Statue of Lady Godiva -Coventry. My famous ancestor! Too bad her statue is in the middle of a shopping center :/

dipot:  Jules Joseph Lefebvre: Lady Godiva, 1891.

dipot: Jules Joseph Lefebvre: Lady Godiva, 1891.

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

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

July 10, 1040. According to legend, Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry as part of a bargain to get her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, to ease taxes on the people of Coventry.

July 10, 1040. According to legend, Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry as part of a bargain to get her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, to ease taxes on the people of Coventry.

"As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life." Siddhartha Gautama

"As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life." Siddhartha Gautama

Edmund Joseph Sullivan, Lady Godiva, 1877. This takes riding bare back to a whole new level of awkward

Edmund Joseph Sullivan, Lady Godiva, 1877. This takes riding bare back to a whole new level of awkward

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