Lady Godiva

990 - 1067

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Lady Godiva (; died between 1066 and 1086), in Old English Godgifu, was a late Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who is relatively well documented as the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, and a patron of various churches and monasteries. Today, she is mainly remembered for a legend dating back to at least the 13th century, in which she rode naked – covered only by her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband, Leofric, imposed on his tenants. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lady Godiva has received more than 4,929,672 page views. Her biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Lady Godiva is the 35th most popular social activist (down from 19th in 2019), the 216th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 123rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Social Activist.

Lady Godiva is most famous for her act of defiance against her husband, Leofric, by riding naked through the streets of Coventry.

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Among social activists, Lady Godiva ranks 35 out of 840Before her are Omar Mukhtar, Emily Greene Balch, Hassan al-Banna, Élie Ducommun, Sadako Sasaki, and Emiliano Zapata. After her are Ferdinand Lassalle, Jan Palach, Sophie Scholl, Shirin Ebadi, Simon Wiesenthal, and Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Among people born in 990, Lady Godiva ranks 3Before her are Tughril, and Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor. After her are Pope Nicholas II, Sancho III of Pamplona, Bi Sheng, Samuel Aba, Mieszko II Lambert, Jovan Vladimir, Gisela of Swabia, Stefan Vojislav, and Hilarion of Kiev. Among people deceased in 1067, Lady Godiva ranks 1After her are Constantine X Doukas, Emperor Yingzong of Song, Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, Shaykh Tusi, Sancha of León, John Komnenos, and Cai Xiang.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Lady Godiva ranks 216 out of 8,785Before her are Millvina Dean (1912), Edward the Elder (871), Empress Matilda (1102), Henry IV of England (1367), Ben Kingsley (1943), and C. S. Lewis (1898). After her are Richard Madden (1986), C. F. Powell (1903), Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982), and Thomas Newcomen (1663).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Lady Godiva ranks 4Before her are Nicholas Winton (1909), Robert Owen (1771), and Guy Fawkes (1570). After her are Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Betty Williams (1943), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Annie Besant (1847), Mairead Maguire (1944), Emily Davison (1872), Max Mosley (1940), and Sylvia Pankhurst (1882).