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Lady Godiva of Coventry

Lady Godiva was the lady, wife of Leofric, the Earl of Mercia. Earl Leofric was one of the all-powerful lords who ruled England under the Danish King Canute. His wife Lady Godiva was a rich landowner in her own right and one of her most valuable properties was Coventry.

Leofric was a tyrant, he tyrannised the Church and did not hold the same religious convictions as his wife, nor her fondness for the Midlands and its populace. He mercilessly demanded from the people of Coventry an oppressive tax called the Heregeld. This tax paid for King Canute’s bodyguard and Leofric made sure that the people of Coventry paid it!

Lady Godiva pleaded with Leofric to stop this hated tax and he is reputed to have said, “You will have to ride naked through Coventry before I will change my ways”. He was quite sure that his demure, modest wife would never do such a thing. 

But Lady Godiva took him at his word, and on Market Day in Coventry she rode naked, veiled only by her long golden hair. As her hair was long enough to cover all her body, only her face and legs could be seen.

Leofric was so stunned by the whole incident that he believed it was a miracle that no one had seen his wife’s naked body, and he immediately “freed” the town from paying the hated Heregeld, and at the same time ceased his persecution of the Church. [x]

LADY GODIVA DOES SOME NAKED SOCIAL JUSTICE

IT’S THE ENGLISH CITY OF COVENTRY. IT’S THE MIDDLE AGES. THINGS ARE REALLY FUCKING SHITTY, WITH ALL THE DISEASE AND POVERTY. LADY GODIVA, THE EARL’S WIFE, HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THIS FUCKERY, BECAUSE PEASANTS ARE WAY LESS FUN WHEN THEY’RE COMPLAINING ABOUT BEING POOR.

HER HUSBAND IS TAXING THE FUCK OUT OF THE CITIZENS, SO SHE TELLS HIM TO STOP THIS SHIT. HE SAYS “SURE THING, IF YOU RIDE THROUGH THE CITY BUTT-NAKED”. HE THOUGHT SHE WOULDN’T DO THE THING, BECAUSE SHE’S A MODEST HOUSEWIFE. ALSO, CHAFING, 

BUT OF COURSE SHE FUCKING DOES THE THING, BECAUSE SHE’S A SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR. SHE TELLS THE CITIZENS TO STAY INSIDE AND NOT LOOK OUT THEIR WINDOWS. THIS SOUNDS SHADY AS FUCK BUT THEY ALL WENT WITH IT. ALL EXCEPT ONE FUCKER, THE ORIGINAL PEEPING TOM, WHO MADE FUCKING EYE-HOLES IN HIS SHUTTERS AND STARE AT THE SEXY NAKED LADY ON A HORSE. OR THE SEXY NAKED HORSE. WHATEVER.

LADY GODIVA RIDES THROUGH TOWN, FREEZES HER BUTT OFF BECAUSE ENGLAND CAN BE FUCKING NIPPY, AND HER HUSBAND LOWERS THE TAXES. OH AND THE PEEPING TOM GOES FUCKING BLIND. OR DIES. OR HAS HIS EYES POKED OUT BY THE CITIZENS. 

John Maler Collier - “Lady Godiva” (h.1897, óleo sobre lienzo, 142 x 183 cm, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry)

Seguramente este sea el cuadro más famoso de John Collier, un pintor de la Inglaterra victoriana relacionado con los prerrafaelitas (aunque nunca formó parte del grupo). La perfección técnica, el detallismo minucioso, el colorido brillante y los temas literarios o medievales son típicos de las obras de estos artistas.

El lienzo representa la leyenda medieval de Lady Godiva, una noble anglosajona del siglo XI que estaba casada con el mandamás de Coventry, el conde Leofric de Marcia. (Hasta aquí todo es verdad, la leyenda empieza ahora.) Leofric estaba abrasando a impuestos a sus súbditos y Godiva, solidarizándose con ellos, le pidió que los bajase. Tanto y tanto insistió que el conde acabó aceptando, a condición de que su señora se pasease a caballo desnuda por toda la ciudad, cubierta únicamente por su larga cabellera. Leofric estaba convencido de que ella diría que “ni loca”, pero se equivocó. Ese día los habitantes de Coventry, por respeto a su salvadora, se quedaron encerrados en sus casas con las persianas bajadas. Todos menos uno, un sastre cotilla que hizo un agujerito en la suya para ver disimuladamente los encantos de la dama y al que la posteridad bautizaría con el nombre de Peeping Tom (Tom el mirón). De este modo, Godiva ganó la apuesta y los súbditos de la ciudad pudieron salir de la crisis. (Podríamos hacerle llegar una copia de esta historia a la señora de nuestro presidente, ver si nos hace el favorcito.)

Collier representa a Lady Godiva montada a caballo, con la mirada baja y tapándose púdicamente el pecho con su melena. Lo único que lleva puesto es el anillo de casada en la mano izquierda, un símbolo clave que nos indica que es una mujer decente y honrada, de las que no se exhiben por gusto. El caballo ricamente engalanado es propio de una dama de la nobleza (hasta han tenido el detalle de ponerle un asiento de terciopelo para que no le rasque). La ciudad está completamente vacía y las ventanas cerradas. Peeping Tom no aparece por ningún lado… ¿Por qué? Porque el voyeur somos nosotros, los espectadores.

My dissodence  has a long history it seems!

According to the popular story,[14] [15] Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband’s oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Only one person in the town, a tailor ever afterwards known as Peeping Tom, disobeyed her proclamation in one of the most famous instances of voyeurism.[16]In the story, Tom bores a hole in his shutters so that he might see Godiva pass, and is struck blind.[17] In the end, Godiva’s husband keeps his word and abolishes the onerous taxes.

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