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 at least to the 13th century, in which she rode naked—covered only in 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 3,151,633 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Lady Godiva is the 18th most popular social activist (down from 16th in 2019), the 120th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 85th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Lady Godiva ranks 18 out of 544. Before her are Guy Fawkes, Jean-Paul Marat, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Rosa Parks, Claus von Stauffenberg, and Irena Sendler. After her are Thomas Müntzer, Robert Owen, Olympe de Gouges, Aung San Suu Kyi, Gustav I of Sweden, and Charlotte Corday.

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Among people born in 990, Lady Godiva ranks 1After her are Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, Tughril, Pope Nicholas II, Sancho III of Pamplona, Bi Sheng, Mieszko II Lambert, Samuel Aba, 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, Sancha of León, Shaykh Tusi, John Komnenos, and Cai Xiang.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Lady Godiva ranks 120 out of 6,924. Before her are H. G. Wells (1866), Edward Elgar (1857), John Napier (1550), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Charles I of England (1600), and Henry Purcell (1659). After her are Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), Jane Seymour (1508), Robert Owen (1771), John Milton (1608), John, King of England (1166), and Saint Patrick (385).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Lady Godiva ranks 2Before her are Guy Fawkes (1570). After her are Robert Owen (1771), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Nicholas Winton (1909), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Annie Besant (1847), Wat Tyler (1341), Betty Williams (1943), Mairead Maguire (1944), Mary Dyer (1611), and Unity Mitford (1914).