Friday, March 17, 2017
Fun facts! Or are they?
Troy won't give up on clearing Simon's name, and it's not an easy job. They both run into unexpected danger and......I love this book, hope you do too.
I'm an avid reader so never lack for a topic to blog about. I found a book that contains information about things we've long believed that might not be true. A bit on Lady Godiva caught my interest. Did she really ride naked through the streets of Coventry?
She was the wife of Leofric, earl of Mercia., in the twelfth century. She was also wealthy in her own right, supporting several monasteries. So why did she ride naked through town? Supposedly she asked the Earl many times to lower the oppressive taxes on his subjects. He finally replied he'd do so the day she rode naked through Coventry. She called his bluff, he kept his word, and she became a heroine. She is still celebrated in Coventry, where her statue stands in the center of town.
But it's hard to find out if this is true. There was a real Lady Godiva, but the story only appears about 150 years after her death, and in the annals of a not-well credited historian, Roger of Wendover. Roger is now regarded as more of a teller of folklore. Through the centuries details have been added, like the stories saying she cover herself with her long golden hair. Other stories say she ordered the townsfolk to stay indoors and shutter their windows. One version has the town folk all complying except for a tailor named Tom, who peeked through his shutters. This angered the gods so they blinded him, but it does give reason for the term 'Peeping Tom'.
Love these crazy bits of information. Hope you do too!
'Til next month.......Jean