Jack Sprat

Hello kiddies, how is your week going? Mine is going okay except for a hurting wing – its’ what I get for making late-night foodie runs!  Just kidding! Its’ age, kids, just age! Here’s a rhyme for you – a little twist on old Jack Sprat. Also is the one I created a couple of years ago! I hope today is great for you as well as the rest of the week! Love and feathers, Auntie Goose

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Originals and other stuff – searched out off the web just for my kiddies!!!


Origins to words of Jack Sprat can be found in British History!
The Jack Sprat alluded to in this English poem is reputed to be King Charles I (1625-1649) and Henrietta Maria, his Queen (1609-1669). Apparently, when King Charles (Jack Sprat) declared war on Spain, parliament refused to finance him (leaving him lean!) So his wife imposed an illegal war tax (to get some fat!) after the angered King (Jack Sprat) dissolved Parliament.

The Robin Hood Legend!
Another interpretation of the Jack Sprat Nursery rhyme relates to the story of Richard I (Richard the Lionheart 1157 – 1199) and his younger brother King John (1166 – 1216). Both of whom feature strongly in the traditional legend of Robin Hood.

Prince John, Richard the Lionheart and the Ransom!
In 1189 John (Jack Sprat) married Joan, the ambitious and greedy daughter and heiress of the Earl of Gloucester (“Joan ate all the fat”). When King Richard went on Crusade, from 1190 to 1194, John attempted to take the crown of England – a ruthless and treacherous usurper). On his return from the Crusades King Richard was taken hostage by Duke Leopold demanding a ransom of 150,000 marks. John reluctantly had to raise the ransom, leaving the country destitute for years and reducing John’s inheritance (“They picked it clean”). The ransom was paid and Richard was released. John was crowned King of England following the death of Richard in 1199. He had his marriage to Joan annulled, she was never acknowledged as queen. She then married again to Geoffrey de Mandeville and her third husband was Hubert de Burgh.

king charles I - jack spratt rhymeThe picture is of King Charles I
whose constant disputes with the Parliamentarians lead to the English
Civil War and his execution.

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins


3 thoughts on “Jack Sprat

  1. Love and feathers, to you also. 🙂


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