Godiva (fl. 1040–1067) (/ɡəˈdaɪvə/; Old English: Godgifu), known as Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.
Lady Godiva is my 30th great grandmother and I descend from her through my Owen / Tudor line. Her granddaughter Ealdgyth or Swan Neck was the wife of King Harold who died during the Battle of Hastings.
Godiva has been depicted many times in Art and Literature and her story or legendary act of riding naked through the streets of Coventry has passed down the centuries and remains with us to this very day.