There are several different tales about the origin of "Jack and Jill." One of the most popular versions involves French royalty. Many believe that the rhyme about Jack falling down and breaking his crown refers to the king of France, Louis XVI, who was beheaded during the French Revolution. And the "Jill who came tumbling after"? That would be his dear wife, Marie Antoinette, who also lost her head in the French Revolution.
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