Ring a Ring o’Roses – The Origins and Meanings of Old Rhymes by Diana Ferguson. Hardback (rrp £9.99). New/unused condition however there are a couple of small marks to the upper board possibly from a sticker removal (see last photograph).
This delightful book takes the reader on a journey into the weird and wonderful world of nursery rhymes. Offering a selection of more than 100 of our best-loved and widely known rhymes, it delves beneath the surface of the verses to interpret their meaning and reveal their historical origins.
The rhymes you’ll find here are instantly recognizable and provide a comforting link to our past, however the stories behind them are often unknown and always fascinating – frequently telling the stories of true historical events from a time when the printing press was still a thing of the future and news was passed around verbally.
With rhymes on topics ranging from the weather to the stars, journeys to sums and food and drink to wise ways, each chapter presents the full and best-known version of the rhyme, followed by an explanation of its meaning and origins, along with the wider references the rhymes make to such topics as foods and culinary customs, historical events or archetypes of folk and fairy tales.