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"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.
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By 10:30, much of the Hilton action had moved down the hall to a party In Style and Warner Bros hosted with sponsor Godiva.The Golden Globes After-Parties|The Daily Beast|January 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
At the village of Southam, not far from Coventry, another procession in honour of Godiva formerly took place.
From these later stages of decay the Godiva pageant was saved by becoming a municipal festival.
Whether, as has been conjectured, it was the first time Lady Godiva had ever made her appearance, there seems more doubt.
And Jimmy, the mean cur, not to have got her that shop, when she had such a splendid idea: Lady Godiva on a bike!The Bill-Toppers|Andre Castaigne
Woman has played for too many centuries the part which Lady Godiva plays in the old legend.Women and Politics|Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for Godiva
/ (ɡəˈdaɪvə) /
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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