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“Lady Godiva Was a Republican”

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Yancey, Dwayne (American playwright, journalist, 1958-____), “Lady Godiva Was a Republican,”

a 5-minute comedy in English, set inside a building, Coventry, England, before A.D. 1057,


; • © 2004 by Dwayne Yancey; • in Dwayne Yancey’s Lady Godiva Was a Republican (Fincastle, Virginia, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004); • script/rights available from Dwayne Yancey, 1791 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Fincastle, Virginia 24090, U.S.A., e-mail dwayne.yancey@roanoke.com, telephone (home) 540-473-3313, (work) 540-981-3113. • Cited by Dwayne Yancey via ftp, February 4, 2004; Yancey says,

§ Dramatis Personae John (m), __, peeping tom; Tom (m), __, peeping tom; Earl Leofric of Mercia and Lord of Coventry (m), grim husband of Lady Godiva, the Countess Godgifu.

§ Synopsis “Two peeping toms peer out as Lady Godiva makes her famous ride, but while one wants to leer, the other talks about how she must be a Republican because she’s against taxes.

§ Comment “You don't need to show Lady Godiva.” • “The legendary story of Lady Godiva is found in the Flores History by Roger of Wendover (d. 1236). There he recounts that her husband, in exasperation over being implored to reduce the onerous taxes on the citizens of Coventry, agreed to do so if she would ride naked through the marketplace. This she did, covered only by her long hair. As a result, Leofric did excuse the town of all taxes. Godiva requested the townspeople to remain indoors during her ride. In the seventeenth-century, Peeping Tom became part of the legend, being struck blind or dead when he looked out his window. Peeping Tom is now commemorated on Coventry's famous moving Clock in the High Street, overlooking Godiva's statue.”—Lady Godiva, http://www.gsnmachinetools.co.uk/ladygodiva.html, accessed February 4, 2004.

§ Themes England, history, Godiva (Lady Godiva, fl. c.1040-80, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, legend, sex, tax.

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