Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes by Albert Jack

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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 was once Mary really opposite, or Georgie Porgie? How may possibly hi there Diddle Diddle provide an important 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 publication is a unusual, curious, and infrequently sordid examine the reality in the back of renowned nursery rhymes that uncovers the unusual stories that encouraged them—from Viking raids to political insurrection to smuggling slaves to freedom.

Read Albert Jack's posts at the Penguin Blog.

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