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(3018) Godiva

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1982 KM. Discovered 1982 May 21 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, who, it is said, rode naked, but for her long hair, through the streets of Coventry {see planet  (3009)} so that her husband would reduce the oppressive taxes he levied on the people of the city. In a later, embellished version of the legend, the populace was entreated to stay behind shuttered windows; but a tailor named Peeping Tom, who disobeyed, was instantly struck blind. (M 9770)

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