Examines the truth behind the meanings of popular nursery rhymes, identifying characters like Mary Quite Contrary, Georgie Porgie and Jack and Jill, and explores the events that inspired them, from Viking raids to slave smuggling.
waltzmn: There are many books available which examine the sources and meanings of nursery rhymes, but this book by Iona and Peter Opie remains the classic. It is thorough (550 rhymes), it is carefully documented (including, in some cases, reproductions of the earliest known edition), and it does not speculate too much. Sometimes it leaves out some interesting speculations. But surely it is better to be reliable always that possible occasionally....… (more)
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This book is dedicated to my mum in Guildford, Sheila Podmore, because every mum should have a book dedicated to her at least once in her life. In fact, let me do it for you. This book is dedicated to your mum, too:
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INTRODUCTION I first had the idea of studying the history of nursery rhymes about ten years ago.
The cow jumped over the moon Richard Neville (1428-71) was the 16th Earl of Warwick and 6th Earl of Salisbury. (p. 67)