Little Jack Horner
Another nursery rhyme which has a deeper meaning is, "Little Jack Horner",
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Eating his Christmas pie,
He put in his thumb and
pulled out a plum
And said "What a good boy am I!"
The Abbot's Plan
When Henry VIII was King of England, having split from the Catholic Church, he began to confiscate Church Property.
Richard Whiting was the Abbot of the Church at Glastonbury. Thinking he could avoid losing everything, he decided to give a portion of property to the King, thinking that this would appease Henry VII.
Abbot Whiting, decided to bake the titles of twelve valuable manors into a pie, give it to his trusted steward, Thomas Horner, and dispatch him to the King.
In those days, it was usual to hide treasures in a pie, so this was perfectly sensible.
Where the Jack Enters
Handing the pie to Thomas Horner, the Abbot felt that everything would be taken care of.
However, Horner, behaving as a knave (Jack) opened the pie, took out the best title, sealed the pie and conveyed it with the eleven remaining titles to Henry VIII.
Henry was very pleased with his Eleven Titles, which of course, got back to the Abbot, who, of course made it public knowledge.
The Rhyme means;
The knave, 'Jack' Horner, secretly,
(in a corner) put his ‘thumb’ into the
pie and plucked out the ‘plum’.
To this day, the Horner family continues at Mells Manor.