Wednesday, July 10, 2013

History Trivia - Lady Godiva rides naked through the streets of Coventry

July 10

48 BC Battle of Dyrrhachium: Julius Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia.

138 Emperor Hadrian died of heart failure at Baiae at age 62; he was buried in Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina.

988 The city of Dublin was founded on the banks of the river Liffey.

1040 Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.

1086 Knut IV, the Saint, King of Denmark was murdered. 1

099 El Cid, of Castile died.

1212 The most severe of several early fires of London burned most of the city to the ground.

1452 King James III of Scotland was born. 1

460 - Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeated King Henry VI at Northampton.

1520 King Charles V & King Henry VIII signed treaty of Calais.


  1. Love the painting of Lady Godiva .. is it by John Collier, c. 1897 ... Pre-Raphaelite, my favourite era of artists.

  2. You are correct, Lady Godiva is by John Collier