Definition of Lady Godiva
1. Noun. According to legend she rode naked through Coventry in order to persuade her husband not to tax the townspeople so heavily; the only person to look at her as she rode by was a man named Tom and Peeping Tom has become a synonym for voyeur (circa 1040-1080).
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Literary usage of Lady Godiva
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1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"PEEPING TOM AND Lady Godiva. IN an article which appeared in one of the later numbers of the A ... Lady Godiva ..."
2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"Next summer he went to Birmingham witli Younger's company, and took some extra work at Vauxhall there ; visited Coventry to see the Lady Godiva pageant, ..."
3. English Pageantry: An Historical Outline by Robert Withington (1920)
"THE COVENTRY PAGEANT — Lady Godiva What may be a survival — or revival — of ... In 1678, we are told ' Lady Godiva rode before the mayor to proclaim the ..."
4. Fifty Years of an Actors̓ Life by John Coleman (1904)
"CHAPTER XXVIII "Lady Godiva" In Lady Godiva I meet an Old Friend and experience a New Sensation —That Dreadful Vacation—" Cressy " to the Rescue—The Norwich ..."
5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Lady Godiva took him at his word, and after issuing a proclamation that all persons ... Whether the lady Godiva of this story is the Godiva or Godgifu of ..."