Lady Godiva

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Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897.

Lady Godiva, in Old English Godgifu, was an English noblewoman, the wife of the Earl of Mercia, who, according to a legend rode naked, covered only in her long hair, through the streets of Coventry, to stop oppressive taxation that her husband.

The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from versions of legend in which a man who watched her ride was struck blind or dead.

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