Lady Godiva (Lincolnshire) Coventry

Lady Godiva (Lincolnshire) Coventry

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Godgifu (Lady Godiva) Coventry formerly Lincolnshire aka of Lincolnshire
Born about in Mercia,Englandmap
Wife of — married before [location unknown]
Died in Coventry, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Nothing certain is known of her origins. The distribution of Godgifu's known lands suggests that her family background lay in northwest Mercia, rather than the northeast midlands. Her substantial estates in Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and Shropshire, some 60 hides of land or the equivalent, may have been her own inheritance, for John of Worcester says that Coventry Abbey, founded by Godgifu and her husband, was endowed out of their respective patrimonies.

She is the famous "Lady Godiva." She complained constantly to her husband that the taxes were too high on the townspeople of Coventry. He finally said that he would reduce the taxes if she would ride nude through the marketplace on market day. She arranged for all of the men to remain inside and covered her entire body, except her legs, with her hair. Supposedly one person named Tom did not remain inside during her ride and became known as "Peeping Tom". Leofric eliminated all taxes, except for one on horses. During Edward I's reign, a check was made and the only tax in Coventry was one on horses. Since 1678 the town of Coventry still celebrates the ride during its annual fair.

Although Godgifu is recorded as a pre-conquest landholder in Domesday Book, this need not mean she was living in 1066, let alone that she survived the conquest; but Hemming's statement that the lost Worcester lands passed straight to her grandsons without mention of their father, Ælfgar, who probably died in 1062, might imply that Godgifu outlived her son. In the thirteenth century her death was commemorated on 10 September and was believed to have occurred in 1067, which seems plausible. There is no reason to doubt that she was buried with her husband at Coventry, despite the assertion of the Evesham chronicle that she lay in Holy Trinity, Evesham.

Contents

Sources

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Phillips, Weber, Kirk and Staggs Families of the Pacific Northwest, by Jim Weber, rootsweb.com

Acknowledgements

This person was created on 19 April 2011 through the import of Stout - Trask - Cowan .ged.

This person was created through the import of 104-B.ged on 12 September 2010.

Death

Death:
Date: 1067-09-10
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Imported only 1067 from Death Date.

Name

Name: Godiva /Mercia/
Given Name: Godiva
Surname: Mercia
Name Suffix: [Countess of]

The suffix [Countess of] is non-traditional and may be too long for the WikiTree suffix.

Burial

Burial:
Date: 10 Sep 1067
Place: , Coventry, Warwick, England

Sources

  • WikiTree profile Mercia-129 created through the import of heinakuu2011-6.ged on Jul 5, 2011 by Johanna Amnelin.

This person was created through the import of Rose Family Tree.ged on 21 March 2011.

Name

Name: Godgifu (Godiva)

Couldn't find any valid last name at birth.

This person was created through the import of HOWE(1).ged on 08 April 2011.

Source

Source: #S-456906241
Page: Ancestry Family Trees
Note:
Data:
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Note

Note: Lady Godiva
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Note: godiva1
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Sources

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Repository: #R-2097757945
Title: Ancestry Family Trees
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.

This person was created through the import of Truitt Family Tree again.ged on 13 August 2010.

Source

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Data:
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Sources

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This person was created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011.

Name

Name: Godiva
Name Prefix: Lady
Source: #S994

Couldn't find any valid last name at birth.

Sources

Source S994
Text: This individual (or object) is the subject of an article or stub at Wikipedia.

Sources

  • WikiTree profile DeMercia-19 created through the import of jefflorrie(1).ged on Sep 10, 2011 by Jeff Johnson.
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Source

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Sources

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Repository: #R-2097757945
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Source

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Page: Ancestry Family Trees
Note:
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Sources

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Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.

This person was created through the import of 104-B.ged on 12 September 2010.

Death

Death:
Date: 1067-09-10
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Imported only 1067 from Death Date.

This person was created through the import of 104-B.ged on 12 September 2010.

Death

Death:
Date: 1067-09-10
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Imported only 1067 from Death Date.

This person was created through the import of 104-B.ged on 12 September 2010.

Death

Death:
Date: 1067-09-10
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Imported only 1067 from Death Date.

This person was created through the import of 104-B.ged on 12 September 2010.

Death

Death:
Date: 1067-09-10
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Imported only 1067 from Death Date.

This person was created on 21 March 2011 through the import of Martin_O_Daniels_Lorentz_Toale.ged.

Name

Name: Lady Godiva 'Godgifu Gift of God' Countess of Conventry And /DE MERCIA/[1]

Birth

Birth:
Date: 980
Place: Coventrytown, Mercia, England[2]

Death

Death:
Date: 10 SEP 1067
Place: Coventrytown, Mercia, England[3]

Sources

  • WikiTree profile De Mercia-22 created through the import of Ancestor's that we lost, the Decendants they left behind_2011-08-28_01 (2).ged on Sep 12, 2011 by Willette Bryant.
  • Source: S1 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Public Member Trees Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: #R1
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Notes

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Name

Name: Lady /Godiva/[4][5][6]

Birth

Birth:
Date: 1002
Place: Mercia, , , England[7][8][9]

Death

Death:
Date: 10 Sep 1067
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, , England[10]

Note

Note: Lady Godiva
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Note: From Wikipedia
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Sources

  • WikiTree profile Godiva-14 created through the import of Briscoe Family Tree.ged on Aug 8, 2011 by K Bris.
  • Source: S1711808296 Repository: #R1711808294 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.

This person was created through the import of Hooker Family Tree.ged on 30 March 2011.

Name

Name: Lady Godiva /Countess of Mercia/
Source: #S-1965035293
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Note:
Data:
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Birth

Birth:
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Place: Mercia, England
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Note:
Data:
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Source

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Note:
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Sources

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Note:
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Source S-1968866219
Repository: #R-1969211483
Title: Ancestry Family Trees
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.

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Birth

Birth:
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Record ID Number: MH:IF839200
Date: 980
Place: Mercia, England

Death

Death:
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Date: 10 SEP 1067
Place: Warwick, England

Burial

Burial:
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Record ID Number: MH:IF842106
Place: Coventry, Warwick, England

Source

Source: #S168
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Event: Smart Matching
Role: 3020419
Data:
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Sources

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This person was created through the import of David Rentschler Family Tree_2010-09-30.ged on 01 October 2010.

Name

Name: Lady /Godiva/
Source: #S6
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Sources

Source S6
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Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.

Name

Name: Godiva //
Given Name: Godiva
Name Prefix: Lady

Couldn't find any valid last name at birth.

Sources

  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-112213 created through the import of Grant_David_Meadors_2008-02-17.ged on Sep 18, 2011 by Grant Meadors.

Name

Name: /Lady Godiva/
Surname: Lady Godiva
Name Suffix: Countess

Couldn't find any valid first name.

Burial

Place: Coventry, Warwick, England

Sources

  • WikiTree profile Lady Godiva-1 created through the import of mike_walton_2011.ged on Aug 20, 2011 by Mike Walton.

Biography

Godiva was born in 0980. Godiva Coventry ... She passed away in 1067. [11]

No more info is currently available for Godiva Coventry. Can you add to her biography?

Sources

  • Sherri Harder, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Sherri and others.
  1. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  2. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  3. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  4. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  5. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  6. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  7. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  8. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  9. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  10. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  11. Entered by Sherri Harder, Mar 28, 2012



Biography

[12]

Sources

http://awt.ancestrylibrary.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=tmebl&id=I34066&style=TABLE&ti=5542

Footnotes

  1. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  2. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  3. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  4. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  5. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  6. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  7. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  8. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  9. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  10. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  11. Entered by Sherri Harder, Mar 28, 2012
  12. Entered by Ang Saxberg.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Ang Saxberg for starting this profile. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by Ang and others.


This person was created through the import of Dickinson Family Tree.ged on 31 March 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.

Name

Name: Lady GODIVA (Godgyfu) /of Lincoln, Coventry and Countess of Mercia/
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Note:
Data:
Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England
APID: 7249::1001986


Birth

Birth:
Date: 0980
Place: Coventry
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Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt
Note:
Data:
Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England
APID: 7249::1001986


Death

Death:
Date: 10 Sep 1075
Place: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Source: #S-1992136522
Page: Cited in the family tree "Flanagan-Searcy-Scott-Voorhies" created by "bayflanagan72"
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Note

Note: Lady Godiva
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Sources

Source S-1991857879
Repository: #R-1992163608
Title: Millennium File
Author: Heritage Consulting
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.Original data - Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting.Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA:
Note:
APID: 7249::0


Repository R-1992163608
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Biography

Godiva was born about 0980. Godiva of Coventry ... She passed away in 1067. [13]

No more info is currently available for Godiva of Coventry. Can you add to her biography?

Sources

  1. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  2. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  3. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  4. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  5. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  6. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  7. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  8. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  9. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  10. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  11. Entered by Sherri Harder, Mar 28, 2012
  12. Entered by Ang Saxberg.
  13. Entered by Roger Wehr, Oct 27, 2011



Biography

Godiva was born in 0980. Godiva de Coventry ... [14]

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Sources

No sources. The events of Godiva's life were either witnessed by Sherri Harder or Sherri plans to add sources here later.

Footnotes

  1. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  2. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  3. Source: #S1 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Aelfgar "Alfgar" III "The Saxon" Earl DeMercia
  4. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  5. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  6. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  7. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001820&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1002Birth place: Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001820
  8. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
  9. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001986&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0980Birth place: of, Mercia, England APID: 1,7249::1001986
  10. Source: #S1750457989 Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=millind&h=1001984&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 0975Birth place: of, Mercia, EnglandDeath date: 31 Aug 1057Death place: Bromley, Stafford, Eng, England APID: 1,7249::1001984
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  13. Entered by Roger Wehr, Oct 27, 2011
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On October 27, 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

THE LEGEND OF "LADY GODIVA":

According to the popular story, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband's oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Just one person in the town, a tailor ever afterwards known as "Peeping Tom," disobeyed her proclamation in one of the most famous instances of voyeurism. In the story, Tom bores a hole in his shutters so that he might see Godiva pass, and is struck blind. In the end, Godiva's husband keeps his word and abolishes the onerous taxes.


On October 27, 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. They had one proved son Aelfgar, Earl of Mercia. Lady Godiva's name occurs in charters and the Domesday survey, though the spelling varies. The Old English name Godgifu or Godgyfu meant "gift of God"; Godiva was the Latinised version. Since the name was a popular one, there are contemporaries of the same name. If she was the same Godiva who appears in the history of Ely Abbey, the Liber Eliensis, written at the end of 12th century, then she was a widow when Leofric married her.

Both Leofric and Godiva were generous benefactors to religious houses. In 1043 Leofric founded and endowed a Benedictine monastery at Coventry. On the site of a nunnery destroyed by the Danes in 1016. Writing in the 12th century, Roger of Wendover credits Godiva as the persuasive force behind this act. In the 1050s, her name is coupled with that of her husband on a grant of land to the monastery of St. Mary, Worcester and the endowment of the minster at Stow St Mary, Lincolnshire. She and her husband are commemorated as benefactors of other monasteries at Leominster, Chester, Much Wenlock and Evesham. She gave Coventry a number of works in precious metal made for the purpose by the famous goldsmith Mannig, and bequeathed a necklace valued at 100 marks of silver. Another necklace went to Evesham, to be hung around the figure of the Virgin accompanying the life-size gold and silver rood she and her husband gave, and St Paul's Cathedral, London received a gold-fringed chasuble. She and her husband were among the most munificent of the several large Anglo-Saxon donors of the last decades before the Conquest; the early Norman bishops made short work of their gifts, carrying them off to Normandy or melting them down for bullion. The manor of Woolhope in Herefordshire, along with four others, was given to the cathedral at Hereford before the Norman Conquest by the benefactresses Wulviva and Godiva – usually held to be this Godiva and her sister. The church there has a 20th century stained glass window representing them. Her mark, di Ego Godiva Comitissa diu istud desideravi, appears on a charter purportedly given by Thorold of Bucknall to the Benedictine monastery of Spalding. However, this charter is considered spurious by many historians. Even so it is possible that Thorold, who appears in the Domesday Book as sheriff of Lincolnshire, was her brother. After Leofric's death in 1057, his widow lived on until sometime between the Norman Conquest of 1066 and 1086. She is mentioned in the Domesday survey as one of the few Anglo-Saxons and the only woman to remain a major landholder shortly after the conquest. By the time of this great survey in 1086, Godiva had died, but her former lands are listed, although now held by others. Thus, Godiva apparently died between 1066 and 1086.

The place where Godiva was buried has been a matter of debate. According to the Chronicon Abbatiae de Evesham, or Evesham Chronicle, she was buried at the Church of the Blessed Trinity at Evesham, which is no longer standing. According to the account in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "There is no reason to doubt that she was buried with her husband at Coventry, despite the assertion of the Evesham chronicle that she lay in Holy Trinity, Evesham." Dugdale (1656) says that a window with representations of Leofric and Godiva was placed in Trinity Church, Coventry, about the time of Richard II.



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