Beyond inspiring the name opf a chocolate franchise, Godiva is known to have lived in the town of Coventry.In England, not Connecticut during the 11th century. Her husband, Leofric, Count Mercia, also did likewise. Known ends pretty much right there, which is why Godiva gets legendary dudess status because what follows could be total bullshit. Leofric was leveraging oppressive taxes against the people. He could do that, Feudal economies and all. And the aforementioned oppressed had little recourse for their grievances. Mostly due to guys who didn’t mind sticking the oppressed with something sharp and pointy in the Count’s employ. According to legend, Godiva appealed relentlessly in defense of the people until, Leofric, tired of being nagged said. I relieve the taxation if you ride naked through town.” So she did. Of course, there was an edict that no one was to gaze upon the noblewoman’s bare form. Of course, someone couldn’t resist. His name was Tom. As in Peeping Tom.
Legend tells us she didn’t just keep her mouth shut, She stood up. She stepped up out of the place that her society defined for her and did the unthinkable in defense of the weaker.