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They all ran after the farmer's wife

A cache by "The Artful Dodger" Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 08/26/2007
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

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There is no definitive proof on the original inspiration for the nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice. One of the most popular beliefs is that it is a statement concerning England's Queen Mary I, who became known as "Bloody Mary." The belief is that the "farmer's wife" was the Queen. The theory states that this name was chosen because her estates included a lot of farmland. She was displeased with three noblemen, but she didn't dismember them as suggested. She had them burned at the stake. Many nursery rhymes may have originated in political commentary.

Queen Mary I of England reigned as Queen of England for a short five years (r.1553-1558), the first reigning queen since the disputed Mathilda in the 12th Century. Most historians consider her reign to be unfruitful in that she never was able to fulfill her dream of returning England to the Roman Catholic Church. She also never had any children of her own to continue her dynasty in England. Her foreign policies met with failure as well.

Born in 1516 to England's King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary lived quiet life as a royal princess until about 1527 when the king began to seek annulment of his marriage to her mother.   Since Catherine had not produced a male heir, Henry feared that if Mary inherited the throne civil war might result.  Since the pope refused to grant an annulment, in 1533 Henry's bishops dissolved the marriage and allowed Henry to marry Anne Boleyn, who soon gave birth to Mary's half-sister, Elizabeth.  In all, England thus broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and began to follow Anglicanism.  After Catherine's death, Henry in turn executed Anne Boleyn on a trumped-up charges of adultery conspiracy.  His next wife, Jane Seymour, gave birth to his long-desired heir, Edward, so both Mary and Elizabeth were treated as evil step-children.





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