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Nursery Rhyme Historical Origins
Can you pick the nursery rhyme that matches a brief historical description often ascribed to its origins?
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Many seemingly innocent nursery rhymes have their origins in significant historical events, sometimes these rhymes are made to explain these events to children.
Match up the rhyme with the historical event serving as a portion of its speculative (or perhaps actual) origin.
A simple rhyme about a door-to-door bread salesman in Victorian London with a shop in Westminster.
King Edward I reputedly rides to the city of Gloucester, falls off his horse into a puddle, and refuses to ever go there again.
George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and friend of King James I, has various affairs, including one with the then Queen of France.
15th Century rhyme about Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and the slaughter of him and his army at Sandal Castle in the War of the Roses.
In 1648, at the Siege of Colchester, a large cannon was knocked off its wall, leading to the fall of the town from the Royalists to the Roundheads.
In 1793, King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette were beheaded at the guillotine in the French Revolution
Queen Mary I, otherwise known as 'Bloody Mary', persecuted many Protestants and this rhyme refers to the increasing size of the graveyards of the protestant martyrs.
This chronicles the construction of a river crossing over the River Thames, from its Roman origins through the Great Fire, and to modern day.
Cardinal Wolsey disapproves of the divorce of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon, and subsquently the catholic church breaks away from Rome.
Criminals awaiting a public execution hear the church bell on their last morning on Earth, and begin their procession from Newgate Prison to The Tyburn Gallows.
A view of 18th century downtrodden cockney London, where the poor would pawn their winter coats just to get enough money to purchase some cheap food.
In 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the gunpowder plot; alas he was foiled, tried for treason, hung, drawn and quartered.
Queen Elizabeth I rides her white stallion to see the erection of a large cross in Oxfordshire.
The Bubonic Plague, which killed large areas of London in 1665, is described with its typical rash, herbal remedies, and cremation of the dead.
In the reign of King Charles I, General Sir Alexander Leslie signed a covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland.
Queen Mary I, a staunch Catholic, was known for her violent persecution of Protestants, including three bishops whom she had burnt at the stake.
In 16th century England, Catholic priests often had to hide in secret rooms found in many large houses, to avoid persecution from the Protestants.
The Abbot of Glastonbury tries to bribe King Henry VIII with several title deeds hidden inside a large Christmas pie, but these were stolen by the steward delivering it.
This rhyme describes the many orphans in the 19th century who often had to beg on the streets to feed themselves, and often could not get married.
In the 18th century, there was a well known spat between two prostitutes, Kitty and Lucy and their lover.
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