minstrel: Nursery rhymes as vestiges of medieval satire

Ed Hopkins Ed.Hopkins at MCI.Com
Wed Aug 20 07:29:00 PDT 1997


Master Martin Hungerford, aka Martin Jongleur, aka Martin Ashford, aka
Martin o' Lyos, aka Martin the Juggler, wrote, in part:

> [...] the satirists, most of whose work is now remembered as nursery rhyme.

While some people did advance a theory that nursery rhymes began as
satires of specific historical events in the Period (such as "Ring
Around The Rosy" supposedly referring to the Plague) later research
has indicated that they have a much more recent origin.

-- Alfredus Scurra
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