the contemptuous title given by the nobles to the peasants in the revolt of the Jacquerie in 1358 and adopted by the peasants in subsequent revolts.
O Say Can You Hear? A Look at Our National Anthem’s Poetic Roots
The Poem that Inspired an Anthem The “Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as our national anthem in 1931, and its soaring melody and densely packed lyrics have been tripping up those tasked with performing it ever since. The song has an unusual syntax because it was originally a poem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. While the Star-Spangled Banner is one of the more famous …
Jack and Jill, the beanstalk, the candlestick. What is the meaning behind "Jack" in every fairy tale?
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Origin of Jacques Bonhomme
< French: literally, James goodfellow; see jack4
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