This treasured historical satire, played out in two very different socioeconomic worlds of 16th century England, centers around the lives of two boys born in London on the same day: Edward, Prince of Wales, and Tom Canty, a street beggar. During a chance encounter, the two realize they are identical and as a lark decided to exchange clothes and roles a situation that briefly, but drastically, alters the lives of both youngsters.
Treasured historical satire, played out in two very different socio-economic worlds of 16th-century England, focuses on two young look-alikes — Edward, the Prince of Wales, and Tom Canty, a street beggar. When both youngsters decide to trade clothes and roles, they find their lives drastically altered. This timeless tale of transposed identities remains one of Twain's best-loved novels.