Hocktide

Happy Hocktide! Do you have your feudal taxes and winter rents ready to be paid to your liege tomorrow?  As you may have gathered from that rhetorical question, there has been a long association with Easter and taxes.  It is an association that is most noticeable nowadays when Easter happens to fall near the annual income tax deadline.

Having an Easter deadline for taxes is an interesting choice.  Obviously in the middle ages when not everyone had easy access or even totally clear understanding about how a calendar worked, picking a day like the day after Easter as a tax deadline has the advantage of being a memorable date.  It is a also a date that has an informal warning about the approaching deadline in that the start of Lent marks a countdown to Easter.

NEW TRIVIA QUESTION

About how much weight can a warhorse carry?

A. 500 pounds
B. 750 pounds
C. 1000 pounds