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Mary, Mary, quite contrary…



The Mary in the nursery rhyme is often associated with Mary the daughter of Henry VIII who reigned as Mary I of England from 1553 to 1558. She was the only surviving child of the king’s first marriage to the Spanish Princess Catherine of Aragon.

‘How does your garden grow?’ according to Roberts (2004), could refer to Queen Mary’s lack of heirs or to her marriage to the Spanish King. After her marriage to Phillip II of Spain, England was seen by many as a ‘branch’ of the Holy Roman Empire.

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