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

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • The Lady Godiva was very thankful to know that she had yet a son to protect her.

  • 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
  • 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
  • The ride of my Lady of Godiva is fancifully suggested by the Coventry version.

  • But with Torfrida he had no word, nor with Godiva, for both refused him audience.

    The World's Greatest Books, Volume V. Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • If I had been Godiva, going for my sacrificial ride through the town, it could not have been much worse.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
  • Great was Godiva; and might have been proud enough, had she been inclined to that pleasant sin.

  • During their transit the village had shut itself up, as Coventry did for Godiva's ride.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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