|The Prince and the Pauper character|
1882 illustration by Frank T Merrill.
|Created by||Mark Twain|
|Occupation||Beggar and King|
|Family||John Canty, Mrs. Canty, Elizabeth (Bet) Canty, Anne (Nan) Canty, Grandma Canty|
Thomas "Tom" Canty is a fictitious character from Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper. He was born the same day as Edward Tudor, the Prince of Wales in 1537 and grew up in a life of poverty with his alcoholic and abusive father. His mother and his sisters always tried to protect him. He was well educated and learned Latin from Father Andrew, a local priest. One day, while taking a stroll, he meets Edward. They switch places with each other to get to know each other's lives better. When King Henry VIII died, Edward was to be crowned King.
Tom was about to be crowned king when Edward comes in and proves that he is the rightful King by knowing where the Great Seal of England was, having hidden it just after they had switched clothes.
- The Prince and the Pauper. Mark Twain (1881).
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