Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty, the talking egg in Lullaby, is not as simple a character as it seems. First, the fat figure falling from the wall was not originally depicted as an egg. (For this, thanks to Lewis Carroll for borrowing the character Humpty Dumpty in his 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass Through the Looking Glass.) This understated line may actually be a political comment. I can’t.

What exactly is a Humpty Dumpty?
The 1785 Classic Dictionary of Slang defines the term “Humpty Dumpty” as a short, plump, clumsy person. Similarly, the Oxford English Dictionary states that “Humpty Dumpty” in the 17th century was a deformed, unhappy and overweight person. In this context, the rhyme could refer to a fat boy who awkwardly falls out of his seat. In the early 17th century, Humpty His Dumpty was also the name of an alcoholic beverage made by boiling beer in brandy, implying that this lullaby may actually be an ugly party tale. But most scientists believe there is more to it than that. It’s important to note that in earlier versions of this rhyme, the last line read, “I couldn’t take Humpty Dumpty where he used to be.” This doesn’t mean that Mr. Dumpty is irrecoverable, it just means that he can’t retire because for some reason he can climb walls.

Was Humpty Dumpty a politician?
Some scholars believe that “Humpty Dumpty” refers to Richard III. Based in England. This story depicts Richard III. As the widowed daughter-in-law of Edward VI, a disfigured, hunchbacked and hideous-looking villain. She raped her, murdered her after she became queen, and imprisoned two of her young nephews in the Tower of London to prevent her from claiming the throne. Whether or not any of these things are actually true, “Humpty Dumpty” is the story of Richard’s defeat in 1485 when he fell from his horse (called “The Wall”) at Bosworth Field and his large army It is theorized to depict the inability to save or repair him. reign.

and Thomas Wolsey, who was once King Henry VIII’s most trusted confidant, to the deep disappointment of the King by annulling his arranged marriage to Catherine of Aragon in 1529. Some have suggested that it recreates the Cardinal’s fall. Henry dismissed the cardinal from government, threw him out of court, and allowed him to remain Archbishop of York, but eventually arrested him for treason. When he died en route to London, he was not buried in the ornate and elaborate tomb that had been prepared for him at Windsor. It’s like Humpty Dumpty shut himself up in his shell after his fall and couldn’t be buried.

Was Humpty Dumpty a gun?
A military historian notes that the Loyalists who fought in the English Civil War, which lasted from 1642 to his 1649, affectionately called the thick, squat iron cannons in their arsenals “Humpty Dumpty.” pointing out. In June 1648, the Loyalists set up artillery on the stone walls surrounding the city of Colchester to prevent Parliamentarians from entering and exiting the city, but the invading forces counterattacked by attacking the walls, which were badly damaged and left Humpty Dumpty. actually fell badly. and could not be fixed.

Surprisingly, cannons weren’t the only military tool called Humpty Dumpty during the English Civil War. It was also the nickname for the siege turtle, a type of primitive metal armor-like object that deflected arrows and cannon fire, and, as the name suggests, resembled the shell of a large tortoise. Unfortunately it didn’t really work and was soon driven back by artillery fire as the Royalists massed under him trying to break through the Gloucester Walls.