Hey Diddle Diddle: Our Best-Loved Nursery Rhymes and What They Really Mean

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Thetrue meanings and often surprising origins of 40 best-loved traditional nursery rhymes Many of the catchy songs we grew up with were not nonsense verses for the playground but served as satirical commentaries on political events of the day, spreadingsubversive messages at a time when illiteracy was commonplace in society and direct criticism of the authorities was punishable by prison or death. Sing a Song of Sixpence, a Pocketful of Rye, Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie was this simply about a delicacy of the ...

Hey Diddle Diddle: Our Best-Loved Nursery Rhymes and What They Really Mean 2008, Summersdale

ISBN-13: 9781840247084

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