Assignment #5 – Written – Level 1

Our next written assignment is to research the history behind “Three Blind Mice” You will need to write a 5 – 7 complete sentence paragraph and it should follow the rubric posted on my teacher page. You should post your answer in the comment section of this page, email it to me, or bring me a hard copy by:

Monday September 22, 2014 by 11:59 pm.

The assignment is worth 10 points.

arolniak@champscharter.org

 

Love you more than iced coffee

Mrs. R.

22 thoughts on “Assignment #5 – Written – Level 1

  1. The song “Three Blind Mice” comes from England around the year 1805. It is about three Protestant men who were accused of plotting the kill the former Queen of England, Queen Mary. She is otherwise known as “Bloody Mary,” because she was a staunch Catholic who violently persecuted Protestants. The three men were burned at the stake. The farmers wife refers to the queen who with her husband, King Philip of Spain, owned large estates.

  2. The song comes from England in the early 1800’s. When “Three Blind Mice” was first made, it was a children’s book. The children’s book was about the three mice, running from a farmer. While running they became blind, lost their tails and in the end they created a tonic to grow their tails back and gain their eyesight back. The theme song for the show “Three Stooges” was the song “Three Blind Mice”. The song has also been used in sports; basically a lot of people have covered/used this song.

  3. The origin of the “Three blind mice” rhyme is based in English history around the early 1800’s. The “farmer’s wife” was actually the daughter of King Henry VIII which was Queen Mary I. When they talk about the “farm” it refers to the huge lands that Queen Mary husband “King Phillip of Spain” owned (their lands where almost “farm like”). The “three blind mice” where the three noble men who where convicted of going against the Queen and planning to kill her, she obviously wasn’t happy about this so she had them killed. Apparently thats how she got her title “Bloody Mary”.

  4. So many of the nursery rhymes that have long been sung by children, actually have an historical incidence at their base. Many of the words and lyrics of nursery rhymes were in fact messages that could be sung by children, in an apparently innocent manner. Yet they were in fact, spoofs of the royal and political events of the day. Direct dissent would have lead to severe punishment and often death, but how could authorities punish children for singing a simple song? Particularly when the children were unaware of the true meaning.Sounds such an innocent song at first, though a supposedly cruel act on the part of the farmer’s wife. Yet has anyone ever seen an actually blind mouse, (apart from new borns), let alone three of them. They just wouldn’t survive in the real world. So what was behind this nursery rhyme?

  5. Surprisingly, this song has a fairly dark history. The first written version of Three Blind Mice was presented in 1609. The three blind mice represented three Protestant loyalists who were accused of plotting against the Queen Mary I. The farmer’s wife actually refers to the queen who with her husband, the King Philip of Spain, had a few large estates. As it turns out, the men were accused of attempting to assassinate the queen. She found out about their devious plans, and the three men were burned at the stake. In these times, freedom of speech was rare, so people who were against the current government would express themselves through innocent-seeming works of nursery rhymes!

  6. The origin of the words to the Three blind mice song are based in English history. The ‘farmer’s wife’ refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I. Mary was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of ‘Bloody Mary’. The reference to ‘farmer’s wife’ in Three blind mice refers to the huge estates which she and her husband King Philip of Spain had.The ‘three blind mice’ were three noblemen who adhered to the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen **she did not have them dismembered and blinded like said in Three blind mice but she did have them burnt at the stake….yea that’s creepy…

  7. The origin of the words to the Three blind mice rhyme are based in English history. The ‘farmer’s wife’ refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I. Mary was a strong Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of ‘Bloody Mary’. The reference to ‘farmer’s wife’ in Three blind mice refers to the huge estates which she and her husband King Philip of Spain had.The ‘three blind mice’ were three noblemen who stuck to the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen.
    ***she did not have them dismembered and blinded like said in Three blind mice but she did have them burnt at the stake….yea that’s creepy.

  8. “Three Blind Mice” has an apparent historical association with the daughter of King Henry VIII, Queen Mary I (1516–1558), a devout Catholic who violently persecuted Protestants during her reign. She was fittingly nicknamed Bloody Mary, a popular character in ghost stories. The “farmer’s wife” in the rhyme alludes to the grand estate she and her husband, King Philip of Spain, owned and that “all ran after.” The “three blind mice” represent three noblemen who, despite violent prosecution, remained faithful to Protestant beliefs, which was their blindness in the rhyme. After attempting a plot against the Queen, all three were arrested and burned at the stake at the cruel hand of Bloody Mary.

  9. Three Blind Mice is an English Nursery rhyme written in the 19th century. The author is unknown, but the editor/possible author is Thomas Ravenscroft. Its historical significance refers back to Queen Mary 1 of England, and how she blinded and later executed three Protestant bishops. She is also known as the ‘farmers wife’ and later known as ‘bloody Mary’. It entered children’s literature in 1842.

  10. The song Three Blind Mice is based of English history and the farmers wife is based off of Queen Mary or “Bloody Mary”. The farm in the story has to do with all of the land that the Queen and King owned. Mary had enthusiasm toward anything having to do with death and torture. The three blind mice are representing three protestant men who were convicted of plotting against the Queen. She didn’t blind them like it said in the song, but she did burn them at the stake!!

    • I didn’t expect fr bloody Mary to come from a children book. I find it interesting that bloody Mary was a queen and that she turned men into ice and killed them.

  11. The old nursery rhyme called Three Blind Mice was based on English history. Queen Mary I was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution led to the nick name of Bloody Mary, the three blind mice referred to the massive estates which Bloody Mary, and King Phillip (her husband) which were also possessed. The actual three blind mice were these three noblemen who plotted against the Queen. The Queen ended up having them killed at the stake.

  12. The song “three blind mice” comes from England in the 1800’s as a children book. The story says, there were three mice seekig for adventure. One day the three mice encounter a farm, the wife of the farm owner runs them into a bush which initially blinds them. Later the butchers wife removes them of their tails. However they use tonic to re-grow their tails and regain their vision.
    Dannyella L.

  13. The song “Three Blind Mice” is from England. It was in a children’s book. The story involved Queen Mary, who was also known as “Bloody Mary”. The mice tried to plot something against the queen. Later, queen Mary arrested the three mice and burned them at the stake of the hand of Bloody Mary. This is how bloody Mary was known. She is now in scary movies, stories, and poems.

  14. The song “The three Blind mice” has taken place in England in the the early 1800s. The three Bling Mice is known for being on shrek movies and is originally a children’s book. The story is about three mice who loose their eyesight and their tails. They try to plot something against the Queen, but they don’t succeed and the Queen finds them and arrests them, and later burns them at the stake of the hand or Bloody Mary, which is Famous for a lot of things and I known to scare children, she is basically a villain.

  15. The three blind nice is an English nursery rhyme published in 1805. Due to the lyrics people speculate that this song refers to Queen Mary blinding and executing 3 Protestant bishops however, they were burned at the stake not blinded. The mice’s blindness probably is referring to the three men’s Protestantism.

  16. Three Blind Mice is an old English nursery rhyme. Thomas Ravenscroft was the editor and possibly the author of this nursery. It refers to Queen Mary “blinding” and executing three protestant bishops. They were not really blinded, that was referring to their Protestantism. The rhyme entered children’s books in 1842.

  17. The old English nursery rhyme The Three Blind Mice was written in the 1800’s. It is known as a children’s book but the actually history behind is not child-friendly. The story is about the three mice running away from the farmer and his wife. In the actual story, the three mice refer to three Protestant bishops. The farmer’s wife refers to Queen Mary who blinded the mice. By “blinding the mice” she really executed the three bishops.

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