A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

What the HECK did I just read, Mark Twain?

I’ve read a lot of time travelling books, and a bit of Mark Twain satire…but this is definitely one of the most bizarre.


In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the main character somehow ends up in 528 AD…two days before the solar eclipse. It’s a lucky thing that he knows that, because he is sentenced to death by burning for, get this, wearing strange attire. Little bit severe, don’t you think? But, he “causes” the sun to go black, and so he is set free. He gains power due to his supreme knowledge, and turns Britain into an authoritarian nation.

Again, this is such a strange book. Although, I’m not sure it can even be considered a full book–more a novella, really. When I first heard about it, I was excited, because–hello–Arthurian Legend! But, while Twain does include pieces of Malory’s original work…he’s completely butchered it. Don’t go into this expecting anything out of Camelot. It takes place there, but it’s a complete mock of chivalry.

Usually, I like Twain, but I was not a fan of this at all.

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