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Humpty Dumpty


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Humpty Dumpty
   has the line   
"All the King's Horses, And All the King's Men"
"Couldn't put Humpty together again."
Humpty Dumpty
   possibly originated from   
A Large Cannon
First published 1810. During the English Civil War (1642- 649) Colchester was laid siege to by the Parliamentarians (Roundheads). A shot from a Parliamentary cannon damaged the wall beneath the Royalist cannon (Humpty Dumpty) which caused it to fall. The Royalists (Cavaliers), 'all the King's men' attempted to raise the cannon on to another part of the wall. It was so heavy ' All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again!'. Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians after an 11 week siege.
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
   was titled from the literary source   
Humpty Dumpty
Nursery rhyme
Humpty Dumpty's Square
   was created by   
Lewis Carroll
"Through the Looking Glass", 1871






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