Lady Godiva’s grey stallion Aethenot galloped

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Naked horse rider Lady Godiva galloped her 16-hands grey stallion Aethenot sidesaddle when she rode through Coventry after a dare from her husband Leofric. Godiva’s husband, Leofric, dared her to ride naked because the Roman and Greek paintings she loved featured nudes. She surprised him when she did and Leofric  …

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Caligula’s horse Incitatus, made a Roman senator

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Reign 12-41AD Roman emperor Caligula’s most famous action was to make his favourite horse, Incitatus, a senator – like a member of Parliament (MP) in the UK. He silenced objections with threats of death and forced suicide. He had the horse sworn in and gave it a wife – a …

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Horses in history and legend

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The horse has been such an important animal to man that it appears in many stories from our past, not just Aethenot, the horse ridden by the naked Lady Godiva. Five examples are: Pegasus The Trojan Horse The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Caligula’s Horse Catherine the Great Horses: Pegasus …

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