I was walking with a friend when the strange topic of children’s nursery rhymes and their origins was raised. I discovered the truth behind some of the tales is indeed very strange and proof of how stories are twisted and turned.
Take for example the tale of Humpty Dumpty.
According to some historians, Humpty Dumpty was the nickname of a cannon used during the English Civil War of 1642–1649. This was the era of the Royalists and King Charles 1 and his battle with the Parliamentarians who wished to take control and remove the king of his crown.
On Colechester city walls there were several large cannons, the largest was named, Humpty Dumpty and it was used to prevent the Parliamentarians from entering the city. During the battle the Parliamentarians focused on the wall on which the great cannon sat. The wall was blown apart and as it collapsed, Humpty Dumpty hit the ground.
True to the nursery rhyme because of its great size none of the Kings horses and men were able to pull him back up again.
Just like Bob, when he is down – he is down.