Now, why would a lady do that?
Was she young and needed the money? And what did her husband
think about it?
Leofric, by the way, was the
Earl of Mercia. And here you can learn
more about Mercia.
Brought Us Lady Godiva's Story?
Historian and secret lover of fiction
Roger of Wendover
was the first to report on the fun ride.
In a nutshell, the tale goes like this:
Lady Godiva kept criticizing her husband Leofric for demanding heavy taxes
because she felt the hardship of the people who had to pay
One day, Leofric came home from a night out with the boys, and Godiva started the nagging again. Leo,
slightly hammered and not completely opposed to a little mischief, agreed to reduce taxes
IF Godiva would
ride through town without her clothes. And so
she did, while letting her looong hair cover everything.
historian also reported that Godiva and Leofric founded a
Benedictine monastery at Coventry. But at this point in the story,
Roger had already lost
many readers to day-dreaming of naked women on horses.
So everybody ran off with Roger's little
yarn of Lady Godiva and added their own "historical" bits and pieces. Remember, those
guys didn't have TV back then.
Lady Godiva's tale started
another tale — that of
Although nobody was allowed to look outside while
Lady G was riding by, Tom couldn't help it. As a punishment, and
depending on the storyteller, all kinds of
bad things happened to him. Some say that the little horndog got instantly zapped by
lightning. Others were a tad less Puritan.
The Medieval Association
for Public Decency maintained that Godiva's hair covered absolutely everything.
Years and years later, in 1955, Maureen O'Hara found the perfect wig and was
Lady Godiva of Coventry.
Maureen O'Hara Feeling
Lady Godiva Today
For the people of Coventry today, this semi-arousing folk tale is
reason enough to let their collective hair down at the annual
You are welcome to join the craze.
Here's the link.
And here are the maps:
1066 Battle of Hastings
1066 Battle of Hastings (USMA)