He is of low stature, not exceeding five feet three inches; and though he must be now about 70 years of age, [he] has a fresh, healthy look.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
Author Christopher Mechling's new historical novel, Peter- The Untold True Story, introduces readers to the amazing true story of Peter the Wild Boy, whose legendary character may have inspired James Barrie's fairy tale, Peter Pan. With its official release date set for May 4, 2013, readers can be pre-order a print copy of the book from the author's official website, or go to iTunes to pre-order a digital copy from Apple's iBookstore.
In 1725, Peter the Wild Boy was discovered living alone in the forest of Hamelin, a wilderness originally made famous by the tale of the Pied Piper. It seemed Peter had left his parents when he was very young and learned to survive on his own, perhaps with the help of some forest animals. His story captured the public imagination, and soon came to the attention of George I, King of England and Duke of Hanover.
When the King met Peter, he was completely won over by the boy, and decided to take the Wild Boy to London, with the intent to introduce him to society and help him grow up to be a proper Englishman. When Peter was introduced to the rest of the Royal Family, they were similarly moved by the Wild Boy's unique mixture of innocence and charm.
An instant sensation, Peter was the talk of London for several years. His character captivated the imaginations of many of England's best contemporary writers and thinkers, including Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift.
Peter learned many things, but never grew up- he remained a wild youth, and was ultimately celebrated for this. Even after he retired to a comfortable life in the country, Peter was a legendary figure in England, and attracted visitors to his home for decades.
Throughout his life, even into his seventies, Peter maintained a youthful appearance and energy. Evolutionary theorist Lord Monboddo, who visited Peter in 1782, said of the Wild Boy, "He is of low stature, not exceeding five feet three inches; and though he must be now about 70 years of age, [he] has a fresh, healthy look. His face is not at all ugly or disagreeable, and he has a look that may be called sensible and sagacious, for a savage. [He] had always that gentleness of nature, which I hold to be characteristical of our nature, at least until we become carnivorous, and then hunters or warriors. He is said to have sometimes run seventy or eighty miles a day. His strength always appeared to be so much superior that the strongest young men were afraid to contend with him, and this strength continued almost unimpaired till about a year and a half ago."
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 seventy years, navigates a tumultuous and thoughtful period in English history, rich with characters.
Peter: The Untold True Story is scheduled to be released May 4, 2013. It will be distributed to bookstores through Ingram, and booksellers can register here to be notified when the book is available for order. Readers may pre-order printed copies of the historical novel online now at http://www.christophermechling.com, or go to iTunes to pre-order a digital copy from Apple's iBookstore.