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Lady Godiva and “Peeping Tom.”

Lady Godiva was a 13th Century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who according to legend had appealed to her husband several times, who had imposed heavy taxes on the people to reduce them. She felt the tax too high for the masses. Well after a while hubby couldn’t take her pleading any longer and said to her that he’d do it only if she rode naked on a horse through the streets of Conventry. He never thought she’d call his bluff!

 

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva

 

Lady Godiva took him at his word, she first made sure that a proclamation was issued to the people; it demanded that all people stay indoors and shut their windows when she embarked on this ride all around town. Oh sure everyone would listen alright :D.

 

So Lady Godiva gets on her horse completely naked, the only covering she had was her long hair, and rides her horse all around town. But there was a tailor in town named Tom who peeped through a hole in one of his shutters. Tom completely disobeyed the proclamation, and is now known as one of the most famous cases of voyeurism. And that’s how we got the phrase “peeping Tom.”

 

Oh and yes, hubby abolished the high taxes after that ride. Never dare a woman with a cause!

 

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