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Lady Godiva

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(Music: Mittelalter Sound Orchester - De tous biens pleine)

Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, the Earl of Mercia. Earl Leofric was one of the all-powerful lords who ruled England under the Danish King Canute. Lady Godiva was a rich landowner in her own right and one of her most valuable properties was Coventry. Leofric was a tyrant, he mercilessly demanded from the people of Coventry an oppressive tax called the Heregeld.

Lady Godiva pleaded with Leofric to stop this hated tax and he is reputed to have said, “You will have to ride naked through Coventry before I will change my ways”. He was quite sure that his demure, modest wife would never do such a thing. But Lady Godiva took him at his word, and on Market Day in Coventry she rode naked, veiled only by her long golden hair. As her hair was long enough to cover all her body, only her face and legs could be seen.

Leofric was so stunned by the whole incident that he believed it was a miracle that no one had seen his wife’s naked body, and he immediately “freed” the town from paying the hated Heregeld, and at the same time ceased his persecution of the Church.

By the 17th century the story appears to have been altered slightly. The new version of the story said that before her ‘ride’, Godiva sent out messengers to go throughout the town insisting that all the people stay indoors with their windows shuttered on the day. As she was very popular with the people (unlike her husband) and every taxpayer realised that they stood to gain from her ‘heroic act’, everyone complied with her request except for one man who couldn’t resist peeping, a tailor, ‘Peeping Tom’. He was, the story goes, ‘blinded by the wrath of Heaven’ for his temerity in not obeying the order.

Lady Godiva became a heroine that is still remembered in Coventry. and has become a popular figure in art - especially during the Neo-medievalism in 19th Century.
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gordonphilbin's avatar

Amazing artwork of Lady Godiva!

:blush:

Pmbster's avatar

:juggle: I had read elsewhere that her budding career in nude-not nude modeling came to a sad but nevertheless delicious end when she discovered her abiding passion for chocolates...

Mustang Unicorn

Hand-Sam-Art's avatar

Oh yeah, I've seen a very small, simple-lined, stylized logo for the Chocolate!


What a fascinating backstory!

wytherwing's avatar

:) Beautifully done!

Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
Mercia has all kinds of wonderful history and legends. One of my favorites is about Saint Chad, one of their first Bishops.
Bojan did a wonderfully hilarious picture book video on him, “Meme”-style.
Legion1a's avatar
mirkoemir's avatar

Impressive story ... I knew her story and it is really amazing that her strong will accomplished so much thing.

hkrulisky's avatar
She is an ancestor of mine. I love her story
LysAnimation's avatar
KuroReanimation's avatar

Lady godiva was just like


"Aight, bet"

Hikari-Hellion's avatar

Thanks to this art, I now know what actually happened in the Lady Godiva story, and it is 100% a woman giving no fucks and calling her husband's bluff X'D. Gods bless this woman

LadySionis's avatar

Beautiful art, plus a lesson to learn! This was amazing to learn, as I've always heard her name, but never knew how important she was (plus I only knew the name of the chocolate XD). Dang, she really was a heroine.

Vearce's avatar

that's a cool story! I never herd that one before!

Some battles aren't won with the sword

LestatMalfoy's avatar

Gorgeous. I love the background detail and the hair is so well done. Excellent work.

Hardwing's avatar

A great tribute!


Now if some of our leaders would be do the same ...

Solomon79's avatar
She is as beautiful as her legend :)
IamNoOneSpecial1's avatar

Interesting! 'Hope to see more legend inspired artworks!

CassandraTroy21's avatar

Me encanta. Un ejemplo a seguir.

Huh? Unexpectedly interesting history lesson

BonBonTheFurry's avatar

It is actually more myth then history, but it is still interesting.

Tiger-Hawk's avatar

One of my favourite legend. Awesome work.

very pretty!

wonderful picture and history lesson!!

kiniamew's avatar

Wait is that where the term "Peeping Tom" came from?? How cool! This is my first time hearing this legend. And what a beautiful piece!

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