Discover Peter Pan's Origin - The Real Story Behind the Legend of Peter Pan: New Book Reveals Historical Inspiration for the Fairy Tale
Peter: The Untold True Story offers new perspective on Peter Pan, one of the most beloved characters in fiction, known to children all over the world. Author Christopher Mechling believes he has found the historical basis for the legend of Peter Pan, and has crafted a novel to introduce readers to the fascinating character of Peter the Wild Boy.
The legend of Peter Pan has been retold many times, in books, stageplays, comics, movies and television shows, sometimes more faithfully than others. Most recently, ABC has recast the boy hero as a villain in their show Once Upon a Time. Peter: The Untold True Story is not a reimagining of the fairy tale, it is an account of the real-life adventures of Peter the Wild Boy, a feral child from the 18th century.
Christopher Mechling's imaginative dramatization of the life of Peter captures the joy, innocence and fire of a bright, feral child living in the midst of the Age of Enlightenment. The epic story of his life, spanning approximately 70 years, navigates a tumultuous and thoughtful period in English history, rich with characters. Breathing life into 18th century events, Peter: The Untold True Story takes readers on a journey of discovery, from the Enchanted Forest of Hamelin, to the grim House of Corrections at Celle, to the beauty of Herrenhausen Palace, to the banks of the Thames River, to the Royal Palaces in London, and beyond, with a cast including the British Royal Family and many of the brightest minds of the era.
In 1725, Peter the Wild Boy was discovered in the forest of Hamelin, having lived alone in the wild since he was very young. Immediately capturing the public imagination, he was taken to meet George I, Duke of Hanover and King of England. Peter's good nature won the appreciation of King George. As a result, he was brought from Germany to London where he was introduced and became a popular figure in court society, in the midst of an era when science and reason were conquering the unknown, the mysterious and the wild.