Old King Cole

Who was actually King Cole that this English nursery rhyme from 1708 tells us about? The answer is that nobody knows... Probably he has never existed...

Old King Cole - Lyrics

Old King Cole was a merry old soul.
And a merry old soul was he,
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he,
Oh there's none so rare, as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.