John Bunyan 1628 1688 English Christian writer preacher Pilgrim's Progress Face portrait profile

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John Bunyan (28 November 1628 – 31 August 1688) was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing The Pilgrim's Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England, he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August. Bunyan was born at Harrowden (one mile southeast of Bedford, in the Parish of Elstow, England. He was baptized John Bunyan, on November 30, 1628 as recorded in the Elstow parish register. The family has a long history in England and the name has been found spelled over thirty-four different ways: Binyan, Buniun, Bonyon, Buignon, being the most common and Bunyan being the least, historically. Parish records show that William Boynon, a supposed ancestor of John Bunyan, was living in the hamlet of Harrowden in 1327, and the area has been known as "Farther Bunyan's", "Bunyan's Walk" and "Bunyan's End" from at least the sixteenth century. John Bunyan was born to Thomas Bunyan and Margaret Bently. Thomas had married his first wife in 1623 and like his father before him, would marry two more times within months of their deaths. Margaret Bently was also from Elstow and, like her husband, was born in 1603. They married on May 27, 1627 and in 1628 Margaret's sister, Rose Bently, married Thomas' half-brother Edward Bunyan. They were working-class people with Thomas earning a living as a tinker or brazier; one who mends kettles and pots. Bunyan wrote of his modest origins, "My descent was of a low and inconsiderable generation, my father's house being of that rank that is meanest and most despised of all the families of the land". He had very little schooling (about 2-4 years). He was educated at his father's house with other poor country boys and what little education he received was to benefit his father and his own future trade. He followed his father in the Tarish Tinker's trade, which at the time had a reputation as being a lowly sort of occupation and was associated historically with the nomadic lifest