Religion’s take on Lady Godiva’s naked horse ride legend

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Religious Puritans claimed that Lady Godiva’s husband Leofric converted to Christianity because God blinded Peeping Tom for looking at Godiva naked when she rode her horse through Coventry. Godiva was described as having long hair that she loosened so that it covered her body except for her legs. This is …

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Lady Godiva stopped Leofric’s Heregeld collection for King Canute

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Lady Godiva’s naked horse ride stopped her husband Leofric collecting the Heregeld tax for King Canute, according to Ranulph Higden’s Polychronicon (1257) and an inquiry by Edward I. Both investigations found that all tax collection in Coventry stopped, except for taxes on horses. The first telling of the Godiva story, …

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Godiva, the first woman in the Domesday book

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Lady Godiva was the first woman in the Domesday book, produced in 1086. She was described as holding estates in Warwickshire, including Coventry, inherited from her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry. He died in 1057. Documents show she funded churches and abbeys in places such as …

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King Canute (Cnut) King of England 1016-1035

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King Canute (Cnut) was King of England 1016-1035. He later became King of Denmark and Norway, giving him control of a huge northern empire. Canute used strong English and Danish earls, such as Leofric in Mercia, to help run the country while he was abroad. He ran a mercenary army, …

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37 naked Lady Godiva horse ride tax protest facts

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Lady Godiva’s naked Coventry horse ride at midday on market day 1035AD – watched by Peeping Tom – stopped her husband Leofric collecting King Canute’s Heregeld tax. That’s probably already more than you knew about the Lady Godiva story but here are 37 facts about Britain’s first celebrity streaker. 1. …

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Lady Godiva story on one page

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Lady Godiva’s naked Coventry horse ride at midday on market day 1035AD – watched by Peeping Tom – stopped her husband Leofric collecting King Canute’s Heregeld tax. Leofric dared Godiva to ride naked because the Greek and Roman paintings she loved included nudes. Ranulf Higden’s Polychronicon (1257) – and an …

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