In recent years the story of Humpty Dumpty has been closely associated with Gloucester, and in particular the Siege of Gloucester during the English Civil War. Humpty Dumpty’s link with the city was most widely proclaimed by Richard Rodney Bennett in his children’s opera ‘All the King’s Men’.
But is the opera true? Was Humpty Dumpty a siege engine in 1643, or is there a greater mystery?
This illustrated talk explores the story and the mythology of Humpty Dumpty in an amusing and entertaining manner.