If Mary in the nursery rhyme “Mary Mary quite contrary” was Mary Tudor – what might the silver bells be?
#99285. Asked by BRY2K. (Sep 09 08 5:58 AM)
The 'silver bells' were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw. The 'cockleshells' were believed to be instruments of torture which were attached to the genitals!
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