The Holy War (48 Scenes)

First published in 1682, The Holy War is a more complex allegory than The Pilgrim’s Progress. Doubtless Bunyan’s personal encounter with the military conflicts of his time, particularly his own participation in Cromwell’s Parliamentary army some forty years prior, underly his depiction of gospel conflict for the soul of man.

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Battle between the Mansoulians and Diabolonians

Diabolus cast out of heaven

Diabolus and his companions seek Mansoul

The image of Diabolus is set up

Tidings brought on the loss of Mansoul

Diabolus incites Mansoul to arms

The captains of Immanuel

Incredulity’s speech from the walls

The first attack upon Ear Gate

The third summons

Old Incredulity assailed by Understanding

Understanding and Conscience sent to prison

Diabolus’ appeal to Immanuel

Mr. Loth-to-Stoop sent to the camp of Immanuel

The captains rewarded

Conscience and Understanding draw up a petition

Diabolus overthrown

The repentance of Mansoul

The prisoners before Immanuel

Joy in the camp of Immanuel

The triumph of Immanuel

The Image of Diabolus is thrown down

The trial of Hard-Heart

Old Incredulity escapes from prison

The charter is read in the market place

Immanuel’s fountain

A daily lecture is set up in Mansoul

Immanuel departs from Mansoul

Godly Fear at Carnal Security’s feast

Profane at the gate of the pit

The sickness of Mansoul

Profane’s interview with Diabolus

Profane returns from the pit

The council of the captains of Mansoul

The terrible Captain Sepulchre with his standard bearer Corruption

Diabolus discomforted by the slings of Immanuel

The captains continue the defence

Mansoul is taken

The desolation of Mansoul

Captain Credence delivers the letters

The council of the evil ones

The sword of Lord Willbewill and the shield of Captain Credence

They bury the bones of the doubtors

Captain Credence and Captain Patience

The arrest of the conspirators

Fooling is hung

The death of Self-Love

Because I live thou shalt live also