Då jag tog del av Freddie Mercurys hedonistiska manifest härförleden noterade jag att Lady Godiva omnämndes i texten. Det fick mig att undra vem det var. Döm om min förvåning då det visade sig att hon är känd för att ha gjort uppror mot höga skatter!
According to the popular story, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband’s oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Only one person in the town, a tailor ever afterwards known as Peeping Tom, disobeyed her proclamation in one of the most famous instances of voyeurism. In the story, Tom bores a hole in his shutters so that he might see Godiva pass, and is struck blind. In the end, Godiva’s husband keeps his word and abolishes the onerous taxes.
Nu var det nog inte de höga skatterna som Freddie Mercury tog fasta på i låttexten utan mer den skandalösa form som protesten i fråga tog. I vilket fall undrar jag hur höga skatterna var i Coventry på 1000-talet. Högre än dagens svenska?