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Godgifu

Also Known As: "Lady Godiva", "Eldiva", "Godgifu", "Godiva of Coventrytown", "Godiva of Lincoln", "Countess of Mercia", "Godgyfu", "Godiva", "Godiua", "Godiva Countess of Mercia", "Godifu Countess of Mercia", "Lady Godiva of Bukenhall"
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Birthplace: Mercia, England
Death: Died in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Place of Burial: either next to husband at Coventry or Church of the Blessed Trinity at Evesham
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Daughter of Thorold the Dane Sheriff of Lincoln (Þóróldr) of Mercia, of Lincoln or Bukenhall and Lady Beatrice Edith de Malet
Wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia
Mother of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia; Leofwine and Erminhild Mercia,
Sister of Thorold, Sheriff of Lincoln

Occupation: Countess of Mercia, Lad of Mercia
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About Lady Godiva

Godiva (or Godgifu) (fl. 1040-1080) was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in England in order to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur comes from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom watched her ride and was struck blind or dead."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Godiva -------------------- Lady Godiva Buckingham, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, was the beautiful wife of Leofric III, Earl of Mercia and lord of Coventry.; She is known to have persuaded her husband to found monasteries at Coventry and Stow. The people of Coventry were suffering grievously under the earl'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 ride naked through the streets of the town. According to legend, she consented to ride naked through the town on a white horse; Lady Godiva took him at his word, and after issuing a proclamation that all persons should keep within doors or shut their windows, she rode through, clothed only in her long hair.; Only one person disobeyed her orders to remain indoors behind closed shutters; this man, a tailor known afterward as "Peeping Tom", bored a hole in his shutters that he might see Godiva pass and immediately became blind. Her husband kept his word and abolished the onerous taxes. The oldest form of this legend is in the 13th-century Flores Historiarum (Flowers of the Historians); A festival in her honor was instituted as part of Coventry Fair in 1678.The oldest form of the legend has Godiva passing through Coventry market from one end to the other while the people were assembled, attended only by two female (clothed) riders. This version is given in Flores Historiarum by Roger of Wendover (died 1236), a somewhat credulous collector of anecdotes, who quoted from an earlier writer. The still later story, with its episode of Peeping Tom, appeared first among 17th century chroniclers. Whether the Lady Godiva of this story is the Godiva or Godgifu ("gift of God") of history is undecided. Comment

Story: Lady Godiva

Godiva or Godgifu; was born about 1010, a sister of Thorold of Buckingham (Sheriff of Lincs.); she is the Lady Godiva of legend, and apparently is of an old, noble family. One correspondent claims her father was Earl of Lincolnshire. -------------------- Lady Godiva Buckingham, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, was the beautiful wife of Leofric III, Earl of Mercia and lord of Coventry.; She is known to have persuaded her husband to found monasteries at Coventry and Stow. The people of Coventry were suffering grievously under the earl'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 ride naked through the streets of the town. According to legend, she consented to ride naked through the town on a white horse; Lady Godiva took him at his word, and after issuing a proclamation that all persons should keep within doors or shut their windows, she rode through, clothed only in her long hair.; Only one person disobeyed her orders to remain indoors behind closed shutters; this man, a tailor known afterward as "Peeping Tom", bored a hole in his shutters that he might see Godiva pass and immediately became blind. Her husband kept his word and abolished the onerous taxes. The oldest form of this legend is in the 13th-century Flores Historiarum (Flowers of the Historians); A festival in her honor was instituted as part of Coventry Fair in 1678.The oldest form of the legend has Godiva passing through Coventry market from one end to the other while the people were assembled, attended only by two female (clothed) riders. This version is given in Flores Historiarum by Roger of Wendover (died 1236), a somewhat credulous collector of anecdotes, who quoted from an earlier writer. The still later story, with its episode of Peeping Tom, appeared first among 17th century chroniclers. Whether the Lady Godiva of this story is the Godiva or Godgifu ("gift of God") of history is undecided. Comment

Story: Lady Godiva

Godiva or Godgifu; was born about 1010, a sister of Thorold of Buckingham (Sheriff of Lincs.); she is the Lady Godiva of legend, and apparently is of an old, noble family. One correspondent claims her father was Earl of Lincolnshire.

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Lady Godiva's Timeline

946
946
980
980
Mercia, England
1002
1002
Age 22
Lincolnshire
1002
Age 22
England
1008
1008
Age 28
Bromley, Staffordshire, , England
1067
September 10, 1067
Age 87
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
September 1067
Age 87
either next to husband at Coventry or Church of the Blessed Trinity at Evesham
1993
March 5, 1993
Age 87
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