History of nursery rhyme origins Posted on 11 September One of the main reasons behind nursery rhyme origins was their capability of expressing opinions. Europe is said to be the birth place of these rhymes and England has made great contribution to the history and development of rhymes.
Rhymes were written for many different reasons. Some rhymes were written to honor a particular local event that has since been forgotten, while others were written to express feelings of love.
Rhymes were also used to hide real meanings, such as when someone wanted to express displeasure toward the government or the sovereign without being executed! Here are some common nursery rhymes that have interesting interpretations regarding figures and events in British history.
But be warned, they are not for the faint-hearted!
Old Mother Hubbard is Cardinal Wolsey. The cupboard is the Catholic Church. The bone is the annulment Henry wanted in order to end his marriage to Katherine of Aragon. The Catholic queen received quite a bad reputation during her short reign for executing Protestant loyalists.
The garden in the rhyme is referring to the growth of a graveyard. Silver bells and cockleshells are believed to be euphemisms for instruments of torture. The three blind mice were three Protestant loyalists who were accused of plotting against Queen Mary I. The three men were burned at the stake.
The plague caused a high fever and a rash in the form of a ring hence the name, Ring Around A Rosy.
The deeds to twelve manor houses were hidden in the pie. The abbot did this in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the king during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
On his trip to London, Horner put his finger in the pie and pulled out the deed to Mells Manor. Shortly thereafter, Horner moved into the manor.
His descendants have lived in the manor house for generations. London Bridge - London Bridge hasa rich history and can be traced back to While the alleged meanings of some of these rhymes may or may not be true, it sure is a fun way to remember events in British history.
It may also be used as a jumping off point to study other nursery rhymes that may contain old words that give away their British origins.In the previous article we attempted to provide some background as to the likely content of Little Jack Horner’s pie, the possible association of Ring a Ring O’Roses with the horrors of the Great Plague, why hush a-bye baby was rocked in the tree-tops and who the quite contrary Mary was.
The Hidden History of Nursery Rhymes. Collect This Article. based on 75 ratings. By Natalie Kidd Updated on Dec 22, Collect This Article. Many of the nursery rhymes that we have read to our children have their origins in British history.
Rhymes were written for many different reasons. Most of the nursery rhymes that have become so popular with the children were never intended for them. Most began as folk songs or ballads sung in taverns. These songs (rhymes) all most always were written to make fun of religious leaders or to gossip about kings and queens (Brittanica pars.
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Nov 28, · This is one nursery rhyme origin we think we already know to be sinister. But it has nothing at all to do with the Black Death. The first known reference to the rhyme is in , more than years after the plague swept across Europe. By all accounts, it seems to be a nonsense rhyme – and in its form, there isn’t even any sneezing.
The Hidden History of Nursery Rhymes. Collect This Article. based on 78 ratings. By Natalie Kidd Updated on Dec 22, Collect This Article. Many of the nursery rhymes that we have read to our children have their origins in British history.
Rhymes were written for many different reasons.