Today in the Middle Ages: August 31, 1057

Leofric, Earl of Mercia and the husband of Lady Godiva, died on August 31, 1057.

Despite having opposed King Cnut, Leofric succeeded Cnut's choice as Earl of Mercia. Although legend says his wife Godgifu (Godiva in the Latinized version) made her naked ride as a protest against Leofric's high taxes, both the Earl and his lady are known to have been generous to religious establishments.