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  • proper n. A mediaeval English festival celebrated on the second Tuesday after Easter Sunday.

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  • The Hocktide play was of a different character, the actors being persons of inferior degree, and their habits the better fitted for the occasion, the more incongruous and ridiculous that they were in themselves.

    Kenilworth

  • In this pageant one party of the townsfolk presented the Saxons and the other the Danes, and set forth, both in rude rhymes and with hard blows, the contentions of these two fierce nations, and the Amazonian courage of the English women, who, according to the story, were the principal agents in the general massacre of the Danes, which took place at Hocktide, in the year of God 1012.

    Kenilworth

  • As when two bulles, destynde for Hocktide fyghte, 25

    The Rowley Poems

  • Loveday, a day appointed for reconciliations, and Hockaday, for a child born during Hocktide, which begins on the 15th day after Easter.

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  • We learn about such things as "Gatherings" at Hocktide, May-day, All Hallow-day,

    Vanishing England

  • Then came the diversions of Hocktide, on the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter, when the men and women intercepted the public on alternate days with ropes, and boldly exacted money for pious purposes.

    English Villages

  • Church authorised many holidays in the course of the year; and what with May Day festivities, Plough Mondays, Hocktide and Shrovetide sports, harvest suppers, fairs, and "ales," the villagers had plenty of amusement, and their lives certainly could not be described as dull.

    English Villages

  • In this pageant one party of the townsfolk presented the Saxons and the other the Danes, and set forth, both in rude rhymes and with hard blows, the contentions of these two fierce nations, and the Amazonian courage of the English women, who, according to the story, were the principal agents in the general massacre of the Danes, which took place at Hocktide, in the year of God

    Kenilworth

  • The Hocktide festival in Hungerford on the second Tuesday after Easter kicks off with the town's newly elected police constable blowing his horn and calling all men to the Hocktide Court in the town hall.

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  • a Hocktide play, which was acted before Queen Elizabeth, and caused her much amusement.

    English Villages

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