Mary Mary quite contrary

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

This is one of those rhymes that has a sad past, linked with the rein of Mary Tudor, or Bloody Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII.

Many people were executed during here rein by the Guillotine, this rhyme refers those times.


Silver bells
Thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening a screw.
Cockle shells
Instruments of torture which were attached to the gen***ls
Maids or Maiden
The Guillotine

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