"Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" Has A Bloody, Horrific Origin

Your mother didn't tell you this when you were a kid: The Mary referenced in the famous nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" is actually Queen Mary I, known as "Bloody Mary." The famous rhyme tells the story of Mary, who had many people killed in her garden. Her garden was actually a graveyard. It has been said that adding more bodies to the cemetery was the equivalent to "growing the garden." The cockle shells and silver bells mentioned in the rhyme, though seemingly benign, are the torture devices used to kill Protestants during Mary's murderous reign.

Written by Curiosity Staff April 7, 2016

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