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Humpty Dumpty was a giant cannon

If you believe that Humpty Dumpty in the nursery rhyme was an egg, then better think again, for a book has revealed that the character was apparently a giant cannon used during the English Civil War of 1642-1651.

world Updated: Sep 30, 2008 01:25 IST

If you believe that Humpty Dumpty in the nursery rhyme was an egg, then better think again, for a book has revealed that the character was apparently a giant cannon used during the English Civil War of 1642-1651.

Sam Foster’s book Hey Diddle Diddle claims that Humpty Dumpty was a large Royalist gun on the wall of a church in Colchester in the English Civil War, which fell off and broke during a siege. The author says that the soldiers could not repair the gun, reports The Sun.

Foster also writes that the popular Georgie Porgie poem originally talks about George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham and a pal of England’s King James I. His conquests were said to have included the French Queen, Anne of Austria.

Even the Baa! Baa! Black sheep rhyme is a satire on King Edward I, according to the book. The author says that the poem originally talks about the King’s wool tax.

The rhyme says one third went to the King (my master), another to the Church (my dame) and just one third to the people (the little boy).