A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Some early editions are titled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.
In the book, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut named Hank Morgan receives a severe blow to the head and is somehow transported in time and space to England during the reign of King Arthur. After some initial confusion and his capture by one of Arthur’s knights, Hank realizes that he is actually in the past, and he uses his knowledge of an impending eclipse to avoid execution by making his captors believe that he is a powerful magician. Over the next few months, he stuns the people of the Early Middle Ages by using his engineering skills to perform feats such as the demolition of Merlin’s tower, shooting off fireworks, and the shoring up a holy well. He becomes King Arthur’s top minister, and begins a program of modernization which progresses well initially. But in the end, he is unable to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church, which has grown fearful of his power. A final battle between Hank’s few loyal followers and a large army gathered to face him ends with the slaughter of many knights and Merlin casting a long sleep spell on Hank, which presumably brings him back to the present day (in this case, the late 1800s)…
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Some early editions are titled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.
In the book, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut named Hank Morgan receives a severe blow to the head and is somehow transported in time and space to England during the reign of King Arthur. After some initial confusion and his capture by one of Arthur’s knights, Hank realizes that he is actually in the past, and he uses his knowledge of an impending eclipse to avoid execution by making his captors believe that he is a powerful magician. Over the next few months, he stuns the people of the Early Middle Ages by using his engineering skills to perform feats such as the demolition of Merlin’s tower, shooting off fireworks, and the shoring up a holy well. He becomes King Arthur’s top minister, and begins a program of modernization which progresses well initially. But in the end, he is unable to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church, which has grown fearful of his power. A final battle between Hank’s few loyal followers and a large army gathered to face him ends with the slaughter of many knights and Merlin casting a long sleep spell on Hank, which presumably brings him back to the present day (in this case, the late 1800s)…