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|It is said that Lady Godiva
rode through the streets of Coventry, England so that her husband, Leofric,
would reduce the taxes. In jest, Leofric stated that he would reduce taxes if
she would ride unclothed on horseback at high noon through the town's crowded
marketplace. Leofric was most shocked when she agreed. One account of the story
reports that the townspeople remained in their homes and, out of respect for the lady whose modesty was protected only by
her long flowing hair, closed their shutters and would not look out. To
his credit, Lady Godiva's husband kept his promise and completely abolished the
taxes in Coventry, except for a tax on horses that was already in place when he
arrived in the area. Lady Godiva's historic ride through the streets of
Coventry was said to have occurred on a spring day, May 31,
In the painting, Godiva's Garden, Lady Godiva and the elegant mare she will ride through the streets of Coventry, are shown waiting in an Eden-like garden lush with dancing daisies and airy butterflies fluttering against a backdrop of pastel patterns and swirling designs. Godiva's Garden gently presents the essence of springtime splendor with all its fragrant charm.
Godiva's Garden was been published as 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle by FX Schmid.
The finished size is 27" x 20".
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