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Mary Mary Quite Contrary meaning

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The Brittish Nursery Rhyme about Bloody Mary - Mary Tudor - or Mary I.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
how does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row


We thought it was about a girl named Mary who liked gardening or something - WRONG.

It is in fact about Mary Tudor, or, more commenly reffered to as Bloody Mary.

Contrary - Means changing things just for the sake of it (Mary Tudor changed Britain back into a Roman Catholic country after her father and her brother changed it into a Protestant way)

How does your Garden Grow? - Mary wanted a baby very badly, but she couldn't have a healthy one, but during the end of her rein, there were obvious signs of her pregnancy, but it turned out it wasn't a baby growing inside of her, but cancer.

Silver bells - she liked the sound of church bells , or it was an instrument of torture which were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw.

Cockleshells - Her husband, Prince Phillip, was said to have been with lots of other woman whilst being married to Mary, in those times this was called Conkulding (or something) or, another instrument of torture which was attached to the genitals!

And pretty maids all in a row - The CRUELEST line of all! Mary was said to have had a lot of stillborn little girls, and "secretly" have them buried... in a long row of graves.


CRUEL or WHAT? Mary may have seemed bloodthirsty, but she sounded like a very sad woman. Terrible when you've been singing this as a child, thinking its about a garden. I sang it all the time.

Other nursery rhyme meanings coming up! Next - Ring a Ring a Rosies, the SCARIEST, most HAUNTING nursery rhyme of all!
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I KNEW THAT!! I tried to tell people, but they wouldn't listen!!!
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LOL i told my mum and she cried and my auntie just looked shocked
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I was actually searching about Mary trying to allude to her in a short film. I found this... and... well.... Let's say I sure didn't see THIS perspective of it! I actually thought that "How does your garden grow?" was a mocking line to her miscarriages, and the fact that she was Catholic instead of Protestant like her parents were made her "quite contrary" in her beliefs.

Gosh, I actually thought those "pretty maids all in a row" were the Maidens (guillotines) lined up all in a row for her mass executions! Haha... another seemingly innocent rhyme with a dark past. I couldn't believe that I recited this as a kid!
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