Who was Lady Godiva?

Wednesday 23 February 2022


Steven Bishop

Lady Godiva is infamous for her unclothed horse ride through the streets of Coventry, shortly before the Norman Conquest. But who actually was she? Did she really defy her husband to uphold the rights of the people of Mercia? And how much of her life is legend rather than fact? 

Historian Steven Bishop will attempt to answer these questions and more in this talk, before arguing that Lady Godiva can and should be used by educators as a lens through which 11th century England can be explored and understood.