Lady Godiva. The citizens of Coventry having offended their first Lord Leofrike, had their privileges infringed and themselves oppressed with many heavy tributes being pitied by his wife Lady Godiva, she incessantly sued Leofrike in their behalf, as lastbeing overcome by his importunities, he forgave them upon condition that she rode through the town naked at noon day, which was complied with on the part of the Lady and the people restored to their former rights.___See the abridgment of Speeds England Wales &c. described, _Warwickshire Chapter 26.th
Publish'd Jan.y 1.1792 by J. & J. Boydell, Cheapside, & at the Shakespeare Gallery Pall Mall.
Stipple, lettered early proof. 330 x 395mm (13 x 15½"). Horizontal crease; cut.
Lady Godiva, 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, who rode naked through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. Here she pleads with her husband Lord Leofric to retract his tax demands.
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