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Set in 16th Century England, The Prince & The Pauper tells the tale of two young boys, one wealthy, one poor, who during a random meeting decide that because they are so similar in appearance trade places for fun.
Through the events experienced by both boys the book highlights the harsh conditions people lived in at the time and the strict punishments such as hanging, burning at the stake or flogging for minor offences.
Although it is a children's book it's central theme is one that criticises how society judges people based on their appearance.