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Godiva

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Godiva is a famous chocolate company in Belgium. Godiva is a Belgian royal warrant company. The name of the company of this Godiva originates in 'Lady Godiva' of England.

Godiva Official Web Site
http://www.godiva.com/

History of Godiva
http://www.godiva.com/about/faq.asp
In the year 1057, according to legend, the people of Coventry were suffering with extremely heavy taxes imposed by their lord, Leofric the Dane, in order to finance his battles. Leofric's sympathetic wife, a lovely Saxon named Lady Godiva, was determined to convince him to reduce the taxes. Leofric declared that Lady Godiva was shameless to plead for "the whining serfs." She responded by saying he would discover how honorable the serfs were. A deal was struck: Lady Godiva would ride unclothed through the streets of the city, "clad in naught but my long tresses," and if the population remained inside shuttered buildings and did not peek at her, their tax burden would be lifted. The following morning she made her famous ride and the citizens of Coventry graciously stayed inside, to spare their benefactor any feelings of shame. Leofric kept his word and reduced the grateful people's taxes. Today, in Europe, Lady Godiva is celebrated in countless works of art - tapestry, paintings, sculpture and literature.
There is another one anecdote in this story. People were impressed by the act of Lady Godiva. And, so as not to see nakedness, the window was closed. However, there was a person who peeped at the stark-naked of Lady Godiva. The person's name is 'Tom.' Calling peeped person and spy 'Peeping Tom' originates in this person. It is told that Tom became sightless after then.

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