How we spin and weave tales. Humpty Dumpty

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.




8 thoughts on “How we spin and weave tales. Humpty Dumpty

  1. Fascinating tale that I never heard before. I have spent my entire life in a fool’s paradise, believing Humpty Dumpty was a large egg. At least with Bob we know what we are talking about.


  2. Maria, thanks so much for filling me in. I remember loving the Humpty Dumpty Easter eggs as a kid which came with a belly full of smarties. Somehow, a canon doesn’t seem quite as tasty but perhaps it could have shot out the smarties?
    I can relate to Bob and his size. Somehow, Bilbo our 35 kg Border Collie fell in the swimming pool. I raced down and found the poor boy trying without success to pull himself up. Bilbo, like Max the dog, doesn’t even like getting his paws wet so it would have been quite a trauma.


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