Free download ã eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF å Chris RobertsIII and the other Tudors get a few as do #James I And James II Apparently If You Can Be #I and James II Apparently if you can be for expressing dissent disguising your message with friendly animals holds some sort of appeal Roberts does
His Best To Dissectbest to dissect rhymes with historical context and an exploration of the language which is not always what one might have inferred For instance round the mulberry bush refers to walking a prison yard That just gives a whole new connotation to the whole this is the way we trick Roberts presentation is a little focused on the relatively modern British history which is interesting enough and probably easily researched He does mention the idea the Cock Robin is Baldur because well obviously but he completely neglects my favorite interpretation of Jack and Jill Now I nderstand he doesn t intend this little book to be comprehensive but I have it from a reliable source well Nancy Farmer that the well is Mimisbrunnr at the third root of Yggdrasil I think a continental view of these rhymes would have illuminated different themes in many cases Overall however this is a lovely little book Roberts has mastered a kind of conversational wit that had me flipping cheerfully to the glossary every few pages to figure out why the heck cheese on toast could be considered racist against the Welsh His ending with Old King Cole and the idea of nostalgic golden ages even earned enough indulgence to forgive his se of Geoffrey of Monmouth as a historical source This book which explores the origin of some 40 familiar nursery rhymes alternated between being fascinating and frustrating Fascinating because of the nexpected nuggets of information it contains Tweedledum and Tweedledee was based on a feud between Handel and another composer Bononcini Banbury Cross was intended to "mock the Puritans Baa baa black sheep was an early complaint about taxes " the Puritans Baa baa black sheep was an early complaint about taxes a song of sixpence is about the first two wives of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the monasteries Frustrating because all too often the explanation is little than the presentation of assorted theories of varying degrees of plausibility with no resolution provided though to be fair to the author this probably reflects a desire not to go beyond the bounds of interpretation acceptable on the basis of current scholarly researchThere is a distinctly English emphasis to the rhymes included in the book and some Elsie Marley London s burning Turn again Whittington Remember Remember Taffy was a Welshman are likely to be Dance With The Devil unfamiliar to non English readers An interesting feature of the book is that each rhyme is illustrated by one of a panel of 30 artists commissioned for the purpose As you might expect theality of the illustrations is decidedly mixed ranging from the charming Celia Biscoe s drawings to accompany Jack Be Nimble and Georgy Porgy to. F the most innocuous sounding nursery rhymes ncovering a seething subtext of sexual innuendo religious hatred and political subversion Heavy Words Lightly Thrown provides a fascinating history lesson teases out some alarming Fre. This is an anthology of old #Nursery Rhymes Which Purports To #rhymes which
to the origin the rhymesmany of which have political implications Of course there are also a huge number of variants of the rhymes that have been sed or developed over the years as well This complicated the interpretation of the rhymes I have somewhat mixed feeling about the book I don t think it s especially scholarly For example with the rhyme Goosey goosey ganderThere I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayersSo I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairsRoberts simply interprets this as having sexual meanings with the idea that goose refers to a prostitutewhereas other commentators draw attention to the fact that it is probably related to Catholic priestswho if found in priest holes etc were likely to be thrown down the stairsor to the actual case of Cardinal Beaton who would not submit to the covenanter s demands and was thrown down the stairsSo interesting not especially reliable or scholarly and Roberts throws in some of his own amusing writing touches for good measure Some worksome don tat least for me I rate it as three stars Easy reading But I don t think I ll keep it I really loved reading this book I ve always been fascinated by childhood rhymes and the stories behind them This is well written and down to the level with some great jokes and ips thrown into every Article For Each New for each new I d advise to anyone with even a passing fancy It s a ick fun lighthearted to read write 1898 up of as it says some pretty heavy stuff Despite the author s acknowledging that this is not a heavy work of scholarship I was somewhat disappointed in this book having expected something a little serious in aspect I have had an interest in the origins of nursery rhymes for some time now which is why I picked thispI also think he s got some of it Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, uite wrong but I haven t progressed in my own researches that far Personally I rather doubt that Georgie Porgie s prototype Rowley Powley was about the dangers of overweight youth for example And I know that Rowley or old Rowley was a nickname for Charles II that probably has to do with it Other problem there are a number of digressions in many of the chapters that have nothing to do with the rhymeI do appreciate the glossary fors poor benighted US ans And I had no idea there are so many differences between US UK nursery rhymes it adds a whole new dimension to the research Sadly a good third of the rhymes I had never heard of Distanced me somewhat because they weren t the familiar rhymes of my youth But a light pleasant writing style overall Not intended as a great scholarly tome this book offers a few of the most plausible and interesting explanations of nursery rhymes Many of these little ditties are actually in reference to members of the monarchy Henry Was Little Jack Horner a suatter Baa Baa Black Sheep a bleat about taxation What did Jack and Jill do on that hill Who was Mary And why was she contrary This witty and ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of forty "much in this book to interest you I m eually confident that some of the material " in this book to interest you I m eually confident that some of the material bore or irritate you A decidedly mixed bag Didn t finish it yet but gave this to Mom because I thought she might like it Her response was the same as mine meh I ve read this book twice and each time I get out of it It s not a heavy read by any means The author gives short histories and references to the fairy talemother goose rhymes which are totally intellectually stimulating The information packed into short snippets allows the reader toPurports To The Origin
Go Out And Do Further Research Intoout and do further research into topic or be satisfied with the explanation given It s clear and concise and leaves anyone interested in the history of fairy tales and such like where and who they re about fulfilled Baa Baa Black Sheep was about taxation What was Humpty Dumpty Was Jack and Jill a cautionary tale about engaging in premarital sex If you ve #Ever Wondered About The Backstory #wondered about the backstory nursery rhymes or if you are an avid Anglophile this is the book for you I am not an Anglophile so I had difficulty at times following the King Philips Williams Edwards Dukes Earls Archbishops etc etc in some of the stories This kind of oral history that has been handed down all these years is still read and heard by our children without really nderstanding what they mean This was a fun light read although I got bogged down by the sections featuring the rhymes I was nfamiliar with Eh It s a fun read mostly and pretty educational as to the history behind various rhymes I had no idea Jack Horner was related to Henry VIII s dissolution of the monasteries for example However the author Vérité (Love at Center Court, uses and misdefines a hideouslynnecessary transphobic slur when discussing William and Mary George and Anne and there s some gross fat shaming in Georgie Porgie So basically entertaining book but I d get it out of the library and if you re sensitive to either skip the two mentioned chapters Seriously the transphobic slur wasn t even necessary he just threw it in there offhand Gross 2018 Reading Challenge title includes song lyricsI forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first read through I nursery rhymes In fact when my daughter was born I bought TWO Mother Goose books one for me one for her It s easy to fall back on innocence when reading these but they re really not This book tells the stories behind many of the most popular verses memorized in childhood Now the reader must take into account that the author is English so there are many British references but not to worry There is a glossary in the back for any terms with which one is not familiar I find these terms really add to the book s charm. Udian interpretations and makes astonishing connections to contemporary popular culture Striking and spooky silhouettes of nursery rhyme characters accompany the rhymes Youll never see Mother Goose in the same way again BACKCOV.