Bunyan served in the military during the Civil War (1644-47). In 1653 he joined a nonconformist church where he preached and had numerous disputes with the Quakers. His first publication was Some Gospel Truths opened (1656) and A Vindication thereof (1657) which were both directed against the Quakers. He was arrested in 1660 for preaching without a licence and jailed for twelve years until released under Charles II's Declaration of Indulgence. During his years in prison he wrote nine books the principal work being his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, 1666. The other works included The Holy City, or the New Jerusalem (1667), and A Confession of my Faith, and a Reason for my Practice (1671). After his release, he wrote the first part of The Pilgrim's Progress, which was published in 1678 when the second part had been completed. Other notable works include The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680) and The Holy War (1682).
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