Shocking scene as lady rides naked in city! So this is not fresh news, the story of Lady Godiva's still captures the imagination. Although the story of her horse-ride may be legend, the woman and her influence were definitely real. The Countess Godiva lived the 11th Century and charity and power is well documented. Lady Godiva was married Leofric, the Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, the city in central England.
The Earl Leofric made the citizens Coventry pay enormous taxes to make the city beautiful, but poor people couldn’t pay so much money and often asked the Earl and his wife reduce the taxes. But Leofric didn’t want to construction or lower the taxes. Lady Godiva felt sorry poor people of Coventry. She often asked her husband to reduce the taxes, but his always was “No”.
One day he said to Godiva: "If you mount your horse and ride naked, before the people, through the market of this town from one end to the other, on your return I will reduce the taxes."Godiva replied, "But will you give me permission if I am willing to do it?" "I ," said Earl Leofric. Of course he imagined she would complete the challenge.
The Countess loosed her hair, which covered the whole of her body like a veil. The people of Coventry loved Lady Godiva. Everyone stayed indoors at the when Lady Godiva rode through the streets of Coventry. She rode through the marketplace being seen, because all her body was covered with her long .Only person looked – his name was Peeping Tom - but as a punishment he was struck blind.
Amazed by Godiva’s compassionate deed, Leofric fulfilled his promise and reduced the immediately.
When you visit Coventry, don’t forget to find the statue of Lady Godiva on the market place and the small figure of Peeping Tom trying to see her through the window!