Lady Godiva was a woman of unknown species.

Description[edit | edit source]

Lady Godiva was an 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman. Like King Arthur, she was popularly held to have been a mere legend, though by 1952, the Duckburg Museum displayed an antique laundry bag said to have belonged to her. Lady Godiva is most famous for the legend according to which she rode a horse naked through the town ruled by her cruel husband, the ludicrous price named by said husband in exchange for his reducing the smothering taxes he inflicted on his subjects. In 1965, ruling that it would be the cheapest costume imaginable, Donald Duck pressured his nephews into going to a costume party as Lady Godiva; a naked Dewey in a blonde wig portrayed Godiva herself while his two brothers made up the two halves of a horse costume. This caused the boys no small amounts of embarrassment.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Based, of course, on the semihistorical figure of Godiva, the Disneyan Godiva was first referenced as a background joke in Carl Barks's The Golden Helmet in 1952 before being at the center of the joke of a 1965 Sunday page.

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