What is the origin and meaning of "Jack and Jill" nursery rhyme?
Many nursery rhymes have fairly gruesome origins. According to some historians Jack and Jill was originally published in 1795 - two years after the gruesome beheadings of Louis XVI of France and his Queen Marie Antoinette- they went up the hill - and Louis XVI ( Jack) was guillotined first ( lost his crown) and Mary Antoinette's ( Jill) head came tumbling after ... This historical nugget got softened for children to sing... This was how news travelled - the rhyme 'trended' like these days how news travels through Twitter!
Some say that the rhyme refers to King Louis XVI (Jack) who was beheaded and his queen Marie Antoinette (Jill) who was also beheaded later, during the French Revolution but I think that the town of Kilmersdon in the UK is more likely. They claim the origin of this nursery rhyme dates back to 1697 and is about a couple who use to sneak off for a bit of privacy, ‘to fetch a pail of water’ was a known euphemism for having sex. The commonly held belief is that the woman (Jill) got pregnant, the man (Jack) was killed by a falling rock followed not long after by the woman who subsequently died in childbirth. Kilmersdon’s claim to this Nursery rhyme’s origins has made it a popular tourist attraction.
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