Histroy on Mother Goose

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Most of the stories told by Mother Goose came from the distant past as folk stories told to kids. If there actually had been a Mother Goose she would have been an 8th century noblewoman named Bertrada II of Laon who, in 740, married Pepin the Short, King of the Franks, and in 742 had his son Charles, immortalized as Charlemagne, the de facto founder of the Holy Roman Empire. Bertrada, who was a patroness of children and provided her over-achieving son his education, was known as Berte aux grand pied, or Bertha Greatfoot, or Queen Goosefoot. Whatever Bertrada’s role, by the mid-17th Century a mythical Mother Goose was widely talked about by French peasants and also nobility alike as a fairy birdmother who told warming stories to kids. A few of these stories were actually put into print as early as the 1637 in Giambattista Basile’s Italian collection of stories entitled The Pentamerone; a few others can also be traced to another Italian who goes by the name of Giovanni Fransesco Straparola, his 73 folktales were collected in the book Facetious Nights, were a source for plays by both Shakespeare and Moliere. Some of the first collections of the stories came to bear the name “Mother Goose” and was produced by Charles Perrault in 1697. His book that he had written which contained 10 different fairytales was titled “Tales From the Past with Morals”, and underneath the front picture of an old woman telling stories to children and a cat appeared a subtitle for the book: “Tales from My Mother Goose.” Perrault’s book was translated into English around the year 1729 as “mother Goose’s Fairy tales”, but the stories did not get much attention until about 1760, this was when John Newberry, a friend and publisher of Olive Goldsmith very effectively made a brand new branch of the book trade by publishing 3 kid’s books: “The Top Book of All”, “Gammer Gurton’s Garland”, and
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