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[guh-dahy-vuh] /gəˈdaɪ və/
("Lady Godiva") died 1057, wife of Leofric. According to legend, she rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, to win relief for the people from a burdensome tax. Unabridged
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  • On which Godiva replied: 'But will you give me permission if I am willing to do it?' '

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • She,” he thought to himself, “had nothing on Godiva—except a piano cover!

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Miss Godiva Sleybells was as good as her word; in fact, better.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • And they divined at once that she was gone to Crowland, to Godiva; but why, they could not guess.

  • The Lady Godiva was very thankful to know that she had yet a son to protect her.

  • Found Flu, the armless artist, in the Muse copying a picture of Godiva.

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  • As a specimen of the barbarous humour of these lords, the Godiva story is instructive.

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  • At the village of Southam, not far from Coventry, another procession in honour of Godiva formerly took place.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • From these later stages of decay the Godiva pageant was saved by becoming a municipal festival.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • For a moment or two there was silence in the room, only broken by Godiva's purrs and the twittering of the birds outside.

British Dictionary definitions for Godiva


Lady. ?1040–1080, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to legend, she rode naked through Coventry in order to obtain remission for the townspeople from the heavy taxes imposed by her husband
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Word Origin and History for Godiva

d.1067, Lady of Coventry and wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Legend first recorded 100 years after her death, by Roger of Wendover. "Peeping Tom" aspect added by 1659.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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