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Lady Godiva

Who she is: An 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewomen known for her legendary naked horseback ride.

Why she's scandalous: According to legend, Lady Godiva felt bad for the people suffering from being heavily taxed by her husband. So in order to convince her husband to give the people relief from the taxes, she stripped naked and rode a horse through the town with nothing but her long hair covering herself. The term "Peeping Tom" stems from this story, as it was said one man watched Godiva through a hole in his shutters and was struck blind.