Lady Godiva and Her Rosary

4 Jan

Godiva Rosaries have played a prominent role in legends such as the tale of Lady Godiva.

According to legend, Lady Godiva was a religious woman who used her wealth to support a Benedictine Monastery in Coventry circa 1041 A.D.   She also used her wealth to purchase a rosary made of precious stones.  Lady Godiva’s rosary was described as a “circlet of gems which she had threaded on a string in order that by fingering them one-by-one as she successively recited her prayers, she might not fall short of the exact number” *

Lady Godiva thought so highly of her rosary that she mentioned it in her will.  Upon her death, her rosary was to be given to the Benedictine Monastery and sold to raise funds for its support.

Rosaries have been found at significant historical sites.  The carved boxwood rosary owned by King Henry VIII is displayed at Chatsworth in North Derbyshire, England.  Visitors to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas can see the rosary which was left behind after the battle.

Look for rosaries as you travel. They have fascinating stories to tell.

* Reference: Gribble, R. (1992). The History and Devotion of the Rosary. Huntington, Indiana. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division.

RosaryCollectorsGuideTo learn more about unique rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  Published by Schiffer Publishing, this 152 page hardcover book has 240 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, The Catholic Faith Store Online, Catholic Gifts Online, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

PadrePio28Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner are often able to bring their collection of 900 rosaries to show to church groups, school groups, and community organizations.  To arrange a presentation or to ask a question about rosaries, contact them at rosarycollector@aol.com

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One Response to “Lady Godiva and Her Rosary”

  1. Giovanna Lottes January 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM #

    I wonder if she had her rosary with her on the day of her famous ride

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