John Bunyan could be said to have authored the most influential book in the English language (other than the King James Bible) - The Pilgrim's Progress. But he also written another dramatic allegorical novel - The Holy War - a knife-edge drama that illustrates spiritual warfare and the struggle for the human soul.
The righteous and honourable ruler Shaddai and his son Immanuel rule Mansoul with justice and equity. But the ruler of darkness - Prince Diabolus - has other plans. With his evil captains and their battalions Diabolus plots the destruction of the once happy city. The first to fall is Captain Resistance so that with Mansoul's resistance gone the city is laid open to Diabolic lies. Diabolus knows that there is but one way for him to possess Mansoul - and that is if the people open the gates to him of their own free will. Through the vantage point of Eargate the inhabitants believe his falsehoods and the city falls.
So begins a story of treachery and deceit, foolishness and pride, forgiveness and final redemption. In fact this is, as Bunyan intended it, the story of a sinner saved by the grace of God.
Additional features have been added to help today's generation understand the book. These will help you to get behind some of the characters and places that Bunyan describes. You will also learn about Bunyan himself through the life summary. Words that are particularly archaic in their style will be explained in a glossary at the end of the book.
This means that as you enter into the battle for Mansoul the characters will talk like the medieval adventures that they are and not like modern day tourist.