Lady Godiva In Popular Culture

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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, in England, in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. Because of the growth of the legend, Lady Godiva has since entered popular culture in a number of countries. The Godiva Procession, a commemoration of the legendary ride, was instituted on 31 May 1678, as part of Coventry fair, and was celebrated up to ...
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, in England, in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. Because of the growth of the legend, Lady Godiva has since entered popular culture in a number of countries. The Godiva Procession, a commemoration of the legendary ride, was instituted on 31 May 1678, as part of Coventry fair, and was celebrated up to the 1960s. The part of Lady Godiva was usually played by a scantily clad actress or dancer and the occasion often attracted controversy. For instance, in 1854 the Bishop of Worcester protested against "a Birmingham whore being paraded through the streets as Lady Godiva." These annual processions were enlivened by constant rumours, beforehand, that the girl playing the part of Lady Godiva would actually appear nude, like the original. These hopes were eventually realised in a play staged in 1974, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, entitled The only true story of Lady Godiva, in which Lady Godiva appeared naked, riding a motor bike.
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  • ISBN-13: 9786133838413
  • Publisher: Alphascript Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/7/2010
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 0.29 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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