No Cross, No Crown

No Cross, No Crown is one of the chief works of William Penn, first published in 1669. It was written during Penn's imprisonment in the Tower of London.[1]

No Cross, No Crown: A Discourse, Showing the Nature and Discipline of the Holy Cross of Christ
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Cover of the first edition
AuthorWilliam Penn
  • 1669 (in English)
Media typePrint (hardcover)


Penn exhorts believers to adhere to the spirit of Primitive Christianity.[1] The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the importance of self-denial in the Christian life and the second gathering a series of references to men through the ages who have written of the importance of self-denial, including "heathen," professed Christians, and "retired, aged, and dying men, being their last and serious reflections, to which no ostentation or worldly interests could induce them." Penn's view of Christianity is intensely spiritual rather than formal, and in passing he defends several practices typical of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) including clothing which was not fashionable and speech which addressed royal and commoner alike in the second person singular "thee" and "thou."

Scholarly editionsEdit

A 1931 scholarly edition was edited by Norman Penney.[2]


  1. ^ a b Thomas Nelson (2009). "NKJV American Patriot's Bible." Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 1358.
  2. ^ Bulletin of Friends Historical Association 20, no. 1 (1931): 54-55.

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