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Being nude for a good cause - Lady Godiva

These are lines from Queen's song, 'DON'T STOP ME NOW !'

I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky like a tiger

Defying the laws of gravity

I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva

I'm gonna go go go

So, who is Lady Godiva?

I saw Lady Godiva when visiting Coventry, UK. Lady Godiva - 1066 and 1086, (in old English Godgifu) is an Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman famous for her legendary ride unclothed on a white horse through Coventry, Warwickshire.

And why was Lady Godiva nude?

Lady Godiva was an 11th century noblewoman married to Leofric, the powerful Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry.

As the story goes, Godiva was troubled by the crippling taxes Leofric had levied on the citizens of Coventry. After she repeatedly asked him to lessen the burden, Leofric quipped that he would lower taxes only if she rode naked on horseback through the center of town. Determined to help the public, Godiva stripped off her clothes, climbed on her horse and galloped through the market square with only her long flowing hair to cover herself. Before leaving, she ordered the people of Coventry to remain inside their homes and not peek, but one man, named Tom, couldn’t resist opening his window to get an eyeful. Upon doing so, this “Peeping Tom” was struck blind. After finishing her naked ride, Godiva confronted her husband and demanded that he hold up his end of the bargain. True to his word, Leofric reduced the people’s debts.

And the moral of the story, DON'T ALLOW OTHERS TO STOP YOU ! Do good things just like Lady Godiva ! Visit Coventry and salute nude Lady Godiva at Broadgate in the city centre,

The Lady Godiva statue is in Coventry, West Midlands. Coventry has been announced as the UK City of Culture for 2021, historically part of Warwickshire , it is the second largest city in the West Midlands.


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