Lady Godiva, believed to have lived circa 980 - 1067, was an Anglo Saxon noblewoman and wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Lady Godiva became a legendary figure in the city of Coventry for having ridden on horseback naked through the streets of Coventry as a protest against the high taxes her husband had imposed on his tenants.
Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897
The Pre-Raphaelite artist John Collier painted a picture of Lady Godiva c. 1897.
Coventrian WH Bassett-Green commissioned a statue of Lady Godiva to be made as a gift to the city. It was sculpted by Sir William Reid Dick and unveiled on the 22nd of October 1949. The statue can be found in Broadgate, Coventry
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