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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 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 4,286,760 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Lady Godiva is the 19th most popular social activist (down from 18th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 119th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 19 out of 538Before her are Jean-Paul Marat, Aung San Suu Kyi, Claus von Stauffenberg, Guy Fawkes, Robert Owen, and Rosa Parks. After her are Gustav I of Sweden, Charlotte Corday, Olympe de Gouges, Irena Sendler, Bertha von Suttner, and Thomas Müntzer.

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Among people born in 990, Lady Godiva ranks 1After her are Tughril, Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Nicholas II, Sancho III of Pamplona, Bi Sheng, Mieszko II Lambert, Gisela of Swabia, Samuel Aba, Jovan Vladimir, 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 123 out of 7,765Before her are James II of England (1633), Rowan Atkinson (1955), Edward Elgar (1857), Catherine Howard (1523), Brian May (1947), and Mick Jagger (1943). After her are Blackbeard (1680), Robert the Bruce (1274), William Gilbert (1544), Cary Grant (1904), Paul Dirac (1902), and Christopher Lee (1922).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Lady Godiva ranks 3Before her are Guy Fawkes (1570) and Robert Owen (1771). After her are Nicholas Winton (1909), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Betty Williams (1943), Annie Besant (1847), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Mairead Maguire (1944), Max Mosley (1940), Unity Mitford (1914), and Emily Davison (1872).