Check out my The Prince And The Pauper book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Prince and the Popper is a historical novel by Mark Twain, written in 1881. The first German edition was published in 1956.

The story takes place in the mid-16th century and involves two boys who look like identical twins but grow up in completely different situations: Tom Canty, a poor man, and Henry VIII's son, Prince Edward.

The Prince And The Pauper
The book is Twain's first historical novel, followed by a Yankee at King Arthur's Court. In this novel, Twain uses an unusual style that is reminiscent of Charles Dickens.

The Prince And The Pauper book summary :

Tom Canty and Edward Tudor (Edward VI) were born in the same autumn of 1537. The whole kingdom rejoiced at the birth of the prince, but Tom only represented an additional burden for his family.

As a child, Tom suffered from his brutal, criminal father and dreamed of becoming a prince, inspired by the book of the deposed priest Andrew, who taught him to read, write, and even learn some Latin.

One day he stumbled upon the gate of Westminster Palace and saw the heir to the throne behind the prison. When a guard treats him fairly, Edward catches his eye and lets the boy come into the palace.

When the two of them change clothes for fun, the prince mistakenly calls the poor Tom and chases him out of the castle. The beggar boy is considered the heir to the throne, although he repeatedly claims to be a beggar. These claims, however, only encourage the opinion that the prince does not have his right mind.

When Edward's father, King, dies after a long illness, Tom prepares for his coronation. Meanwhile, the prince, who is mistaken for a beggar boy, learned for the first time the harsh realities of the lives of ordinary people on their way through his kingdom, who had to find an existence in the most difficult of circumstances.

 In particular, he sees the judiciary as in need of inadequate investigation and improvement of cruel punishment. He meets ex-soldier Miles Hendon, who is always helpful to him. Even Edward, who claims to be the heir to the throne - or, after the death of Henry VIII, the king - is considered insane and is treated fairly by his criminal environment.

 Hendon doesn’t trust him, but plays side by side and tries to treat him appropriately. He wants to take her to Hendon Hall in his hometown and hopes that she will recover from her madness there. Hendon lives there with his father, brothers Arthur and Hugh, and his beloved Edith, but has not heard from there for the past ten years, during which time he was first deported and then taken prisoner.

When the two arrive at Hendon Hall, Miles Hendon learns that both his father and brother Arthur have died for many years and are married to Edith Hugh. Of the former servants, only five, whom he considers arch-crooks, are still employed at Hendon Hall. Everyone claims they don't recognize Miles Hendon, a ragged ex-soldier whose death was reported in a letter from Hendon Hall years ago.

In an unseen moment, Edith, apparently terrified, begs Miles Hendon to flee. Angered, however, he picks up his brother, who arrests him as a fraud. He is a prisoner with Edward. Here the prince again sees what is happening to the people here and his father is responsible for it. After some time and Miles' punishment, they were released and returned to London.

The day of the coronation has come in London. In the middle of the ceremony, Edward bursts open, revealing himself and claiming the crown, which Tom immediately confirms. Eventually, with Tom's help, Edward is able to prove that he is the true king and crowned. Tom Canty received a privileged title until the end of his life that allowed him and his mother and sisters to live comfortably.

Tom's father is missing. Hugh Hendon leaves the country; Following the news of his death, Miles Hendon, now Earl of Kent, and his beloved are free to marry. Edward's gentle reign was shaped by his experience with people's problems, but he died at a young age.

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