Lady Godiva was the wife of the Earl of Mercia. The Earl had levied a series of harsh taxes on the citizens of Coventry and the suffering of the people under this heavy tax load caused Lady Godiva to implore her husband to rescind the taxes. He refused, but she continued to vex him until he agreed to do so if she would ride through the streets of the town naked. Lady Godiva accepted his challenge and, after issuing an edict that everyone should stay indoors and shutter their windows, she rode through the town on her horse naked. Only her long hair partially covered her nudity. After her ride the Earl did indeed abolish the harsh taxes.
However, a tailor bored a hole in his shutters to spy upon her as she rode by. It is said that he was struck blind for his disobedience. He is the the source of the expression ‘Peeping Tom’. To read the entire story go to.