Why do we say "send someone to Coventry"?

The historical origins of this everyday phrase

Why do we say "send someone to Coventry"?

Meaning "to deliberately ostracise someone", this phrase originates from a 17th century English Civil War punishment, when Coventry was a Parliamentary stronghold. The king’s soldiers were so hated that Royalist prisoners were sent to Coventry, where it was felt they would be ignored.

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