However, these attempts to reconcile known facts with legend are both weak; in the era of the earliest accounts, the word "naked" is only known to mean "without any clothing whatsoever". If she is the same Godiva who appears in the history of Ely Abbey , the Liber Eliensis , written at the end of the 12th century, then she was a widow when Leofric married her. Diplomatarium anglicum aevi saxonici: A collection of English charters. Godiva was the wife of Leofric , Earl of Mercia. Archived from the original on 16 March The story of Peeping Tom, who alone among the townsfolk spied on the Lady Godiva's naked ride, probably did not originate in literature, but came about through popular lore in the locality of Coventry. According to the typical version of the story,   Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband's oppressive taxation.
Alexandra. Age: 21.
Writing in the 12th century, Roger of Wendover credits Godiva as the persuasive force behind this act.
Priscilla. Age: 27.
Godiva's name occurs in charters and the Domesday survey , though the spelling varies. Since the name was a popular one, there are contemporaries of the same name. According to an article submitted by someone well versed in local history and identifying himself as W. According to his Chronicle of England , "Leofricus" had already exempted the people of Coventry from "any maner of Tolle, Except onely of Horses", so that Godiva "Godina" in text had agreed to the naked ride just to win relief for this horse tax. Despite its considerable age, it is not regarded as plausible by modern historians,  nor is it mentioned in the two centuries intervening between Godiva's death and its first appearance, while her generous donations to the church receive various mentions. Rogeri de Wendover, Chronica, sive Flores Historiarum. Additional legend proclaims that Peeping Tom was later struck blind as heavenly punishment, or that the townspeople took the matter in their own hands and blinded him.