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Peeping Tom = (also voyeur) Someone who derives sexual pleasure from observing other people.
Do you know the origin of this expression? The Lady Godiva story... that I must have told my students like a gazillion times because I like it so much.
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Old August 28, 2008, 11:01 PM
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No, I don't know. The only thing I know about Lady Godiva is it's now a brand of chocolate (I think )
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No, I don't know. The only thing I know about Lady Godiva is it's now a brand of chocolate (I think )
Have a look at this. I know a link would have been better, but I'm no Rusty. In fact, I feel quite proud of myself because now I can copy and paste. Sort of...
Godiva (or Godgifu) (fl. 1040-1080) was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in England in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

The article seems to contain unreliable information regarding dates, but I chose it because it is a pretty good summary of this lovely legend.
I also like the picture by John Collier, although I had never seen it before.
P.S. Who said I coudn't do links, I've done quite a few. And all unintentionally...
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It is a beautiful story, if all is true.

What a noble thing for her to do and to tell you the truth, I am REALLY surprised that her husband kept his word!

This reference in the story:

On her deathbed, she gave a heavy gem-encrusted gold chain to the monastery, directing that it should be placed around the neck of the image of the Virgin. Those who came to pray, she said, should say a prayer for each stone in the chain.

I am wondering if they are referring this to a "rosary"? There is no reference to Lady Godiva and the rosary but it sure made me wonder.....

Thanks for the interesting read...........

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Glad you enjoyed it. I suppose there's part of truth in the story and that she really existed, but as it's often the case with this kind of outstanding characters who lived in an era were documentation was quite precarious, it's difficult to separate fact from truth. In fact, I have heard several different versions.
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