By Albert Jack
From the overseas bestselling writer of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious consultant to the hidden histories of vintage nursery rhymes.
Who used to be Mary relatively opposite, or Georgie Porgie? How may howdy Diddle Diddle supply a necessary astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill really characterize the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring round the Rosie isn’t concerning the plague, then what's it relatively about?
This e-book is a unusual, curious, and occasionally sordid examine the reality in the back of well known nursery rhymes that uncovers the unusual stories that encouraged them—from Viking raids to political riot to smuggling slaves to freedom.
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