The awful origin of “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

On March 7, 1839 the play Richelieu: or, the Conspiracy, by the British politician and author, Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, premiered at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. Few people today have heard of this play. But everyone knows one of the lines in it: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” The basic meaning of … Read more