About Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan, a tinker,(someone who fixes things) lived from 1628 to 1688. He lived in England. At the time, the King of England (Charles the second) made a rule that no one may preach unless they were of the state church. John Bunyan was a Baptist preacher and because of this law he had to hold meetings very secretly. He would speak to people in their houses and barns at night. One day he was captured by some soldiers who threw him into prison. There he stayed for seven long years. Each year he would be taken to court and asked if he would stop preaching. Each year he answered no. If he had said yes, he would be released. He wrote the famous book, Pilgrim’s Progress, in prison. The story is told as if it were a dream Bunyan had. It is about a man, named Graceless, who lives in the town of Destruction. He reads a little book and finds out that his town is to be destroyed. However he knows not were to turn until Evangelist sends him on the right way to go to the Celestial City. Along the way he meets with temptations and problems. The story is an allegory of the Christian life. The book, Pilgrim’s Progress, is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into 200 languages and has never been out of print.