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The Secret History of Nursery Rhymes
By Linda Alchin

Smashwords Edition
Copyright 2011 Linda Alchin

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you.

The right of Linda Alchin to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be transmitted or reproduced in any form without the prior permission of the copyright owner. First published in 2010 by Babyseen Ltd, Surrey, England.

This Ebook is dedicated to our parents, who patiently repeated these old much loved Nursery Rhymes, John & Marie Hughes and Richard & Diana Tidmarsh, and to children who in their turn, patiently listened to them including John, Jack & Megan.


This book uncovers the Secret History of Nursery Rhymes. Many of the history and origins of the humble nursery rhyme are believed to be associated with actual events in history, with references to murder and persecution, betrayal, greed and to tyrants and royalty. Rhymes are usually short and therefore easy to remember, a critical factor during the times when many people were unable to read or write. They were passed verbally from one generation to the next before the invention of the printing press. Reciting old Nursery Rhymes to our children is one of the most pleasurable first steps to developing their language skills and extending their vocabulary. The words were remembered but their secret histories were forgotten.

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