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Hocktide

The Monday and Tuesday after the Second Sunday after Easter. Hocktide customs include binding (men bind women on Monday and they pay money or a kiss to be released, roles reversed on Tuesday) and plays, possibly Mummers-like which was known in Coventry and represented a mock battle. It was supressed because of disorder that accompanied it, but it was revived by the time of Elizabeth 1st and featured in the revels at Kenilworth in 1575. The battle then was described as Knights on Hobby Horses fighting the Danes. It is asserted that the Saxon women were the ones instrumental in the defeat of the Danes in Coventry in 1012 AD