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GODIVA Lady, Countess Of Mercia
Female Abt 980 - 1067


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  • Suffix  Countess Of Mercia 
    Birth  Abt 0980  Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  10 Sep 1067 
    Buried  Of, Coventry, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • One of the most famous women of history.
      Lady Godiva, who rode naked through the streets of Coventry, as a protest against taxation.
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa/godiva.html
      http://www.abacom.com/~jkrause/godiva.html

      Elizabeth II (Alexandra Mary) WINDSOR Queen of England is the 31st great granddaughter of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia is the 26th great grandmother of Thomas JEFFERSON.

      So-called President George W. BUSH is the 33rd great grandson of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Nikolas II ROMANOV Czar of Russia was the 30th great grandson of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Louis XVI, King Of FRANCE was the 27th great grandson of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Diana SPENCER was the 32nd great granddaughter of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Juan Carlos DE BORBON King of Spain is the 32nd great grandson of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      Simeon KOBURGOTSKI King and Prime Minister of Bulgaria is the 33rd great grandson of Lady GODIVA Countess Of Mercia.

      She was a religious benefactress who---according to tradition when her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, imposed a heavy tax on the townsfolk of Coventry (1040)---obtained its remission by riding naked through the market place. The story occurs in Roger of Wendover (1235). Some writers assert that Lady Godiva ordered all to remain indoors, which they did except for the famous Peeping Tom, but he is a later addition to the story.

      An explanation of the Lady Godiva story could well be the survival of a Celtic pagan celebration in honour of the goddess-spirit, Epona. To celebrate the passage of the Moon accross the night sky and, at the same time, the change from winter to spring, a tradition of a naked lady with long hair riding on a white horse had survived. Quite possibly Leofric, Earl of Mercia, had dared his wife, Godiva, to take the local girl's place in the procession.
    Person ID  I5636  Royal Family of Europe
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2002 

    Father  LINCOLN Thorold, Sheriff Of,   b. Abt 0955, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  LINCOLN Mrs-Thorold Of,   b. Abt 0960, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1291  Group Sheet

    Family  MERCIA Leofric III Earl Of,   b. 14 May 0968, Mercia,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1057, Bromley, Stafford, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1030 
    Children 
    >1. MERCIA Alfgar III Earl Of,   b. Abt 1002, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1059, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. MERCIA Hereward Of,   b. Abt 1004, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1287  Group Sheet



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