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A True Hero A Story of the Days of William Penn   By: (1814-1880)

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"A True Hero: A Story of the Days of William Penn" by William Henry Giles Kingston is a captivating historical novel that beautifully captures the essence of one of England's most influential figures. Set in the seventeenth century, this book portrays the remarkable journey of William Penn, a man who dedicated his life to championing religious freedom and building a community based on truth, justice, and equality.

Kingston's meticulous research and attention to detail create an immersive experience, transporting readers to a time when societal and religious conflicts shaped the destiny of nations. Through vivid descriptions and richly developed characters, the author paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by Penn and his compatriots as they navigate the turbulent political landscape of the era.

The protagonist, William Penn, emerges as a deeply compassionate and principled individual whose unwavering commitment to his beliefs sets him apart. With his remarkable charisma and persuasive eloquence, Penn showcases his extraordinary ability to unite people from different backgrounds and faiths, fostering a sense of unity and common purpose.

The author skillfully intertwines historical events with fictional elements, providing an authentic glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in England and America during this pivotal time. Kingston's narrative style is engaging and accessible, making the book suitable for both history enthusiasts and casual readers seeking an engaging story.

What sets "A True Hero" apart is its exploration of the multifaceted nature of heroism. Penn's enduring dedication to his ideals may inspire readers to reflect on their own values and the world around them. The book also highlights the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity, as Penn encounters numerous obstacles and setbacks throughout his quest for religious freedom.

While the pacing occasionally suffers from lengthy exposition, the narrative remains compelling, with well-executed plot twists that keep readers invested in the story. Additionally, the supporting characters, such as Penn's fellow Quaker and Native American allies, add depth and diversity to the narrative.

Overall, "A True Hero: A Story of the Days of William Penn" is a masterfully crafted historical novel that sheds light on an important period in history. Kingston's storytelling prowess, coupled with his deep understanding of the subject matter, delivers a thought-provoking and inspiring tale that resonates long after the final page is turned. A must-read for anyone interested in the legacy of William Penn and the enduring power of the human spirit.

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A True Hero; A Story of the Days of William Penn, by W.H.G. Kingston.

A very interesting book. It certainly brings home the problems faced by the various Dissenting sects in England in the reign of James the Second, particularly those facing the Quakers.

It tells the story of a Quaker family, who fled from England to seek a new life in America in the late 1600s. It's a short book, and it makes a very good read, or of course a good audiobook. As reviewer I found it most instructive.



The Protectorate had come to an end ten years before the period when our story commences; and Charles the Second, restored to the throne of England, had since been employed in outraging all the right feelings of the people over whom he was called to reign, and in lowering the English name, which had been so gloriously raised by the wisdom of Cromwell. The body of that sagacious ruler of a mighty nation had been dragged out of its tomb among the kings in Westminster, and hanged on the gallows tree at Tyburn; the senseless deed instigated by the petty revenge of his contemptible successor... Continue reading book >>

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