Peter Newell-Three Blind Mice. The vicious farmer's wife in this rhyme is believed to refer to Queen Mary I, the daughter of King Henry VIII. Mary, a staunch Catholic, was so well known for her persecution of Protestants that she was given the nickname "Bloody Mary." When three Protestant bishops were convicted of plotting against Mary, she had them burnt at the stake. However, it was mistakenly believed that she had them blinded and dismembered, as inferred in the rhyme. Art Work, Amazing Art, Blinds Mice, Three Blinds, 3 Three 3, Children Illustration, Nurseries Rhymes, Mothers Goose, Fairies Tales
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Three Blind Mice - Nursery Rhyme, 1910s
Old Mother Hubbard. Millicent Sowerby. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey refused to facilitate a divorce from Queen Katherine of Aragon for King Henry VIII. The King wanted a divorce so that he could marry Anne Boleyn. The doggie and the bone in the rhyme refer to the divorce, the cupboard is a reference to the Catholic Church and Wolsey is Old Mother Hubbard. The divorce was later arranged by Thomas Cramner and resulted in the break with Rome and the formation of the English Protestant church.