Sir William Reid Dick (1878-1961) ~ Lady Godiva, 1949 ✿

Lady Godiva statue, 1949 by Sir William Reid Dick (1878-1961)
Broadgate, Coventry - UK




Legend has it that Lady Godiva was the wife of an 11th century nobleman who imposed harsh taxes on the local people. Lady Godiva begged him not to and he said that he would lift the taxes if she rode through Coventry naked. She did so on the grounds that all the townsfolk would stay indoors and not look. The only person that looked was Peeping Tom who was struck blind for his trouble. Lady Godiva's husband kept his word and lifted the taxes.
To remind them of the event, the fine people of Coventry have this fine statue to look upon, made in 1949 by Sir William Reid Dick. She seems to have been decorated with some blue plastic ribbons.

La leyenda dice que Lady Godiva era la esposa de un noble del siglo XI que impuso fuertes impuestos a la población local. Lady Godiva le rogó que no lo hiciera y él dijo que él levantaría los impuestos si ella atravesara Coventry desnuda. Lo hizo alegando que toda la gente del pueblo se quedaría adentro y no miraría. La única persona que miró fue Peeping Tom, que quedó ciego por sus problemas. El esposo de Lady Godiva cumplió su palabra y levantó los impuestos.
Para recordarles el evento, la buena gente de Coventry tiene que ver esta hermosa estatua, realizada en 1949 por Sir William Reid Dick. Parece haber sido decorada con unas cintas de plástico azules.

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