A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Written by: Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court depicts it’s time period pretty well but not perfectly. For example, you can’t travel back in time, and it’s never happened, but more or less it follows history. There are forty-four chapters total; I read all of them. Following is my completed summary.

Hank(a 18th century yankee) was hit on the head and suffered a concussion which makes him time travel back to the 6th century, where he was then captured by a knight. He was taken to the prison to be later executed. Hank soon remembered a historical event that saved his life. The event was an eclipse that happened the exact date and time of his execution.It helped him because it made people think he is a higher being. King Aurther named him the new magician of Camelot. To secure his place as the magician, he blew up Merlon’s tower with “magic” (explosives).
The next day Hank went around Camelot and stopped at a gladiator ring. Somebody explained how it worked and why. Eventually Hank started rising up in power until he was second in command to the king himself . He started schools, churches and Sunday Schools.
One girl named Sandy came to the castle to ask for help, because 45 girls were stuck in this castle and the king told Hank to take a look. The journey was rough because Hank’s armor got too hot, it started storming, and bugs were eating him alive. In the morning, Hank figured out that the so-called “girls” who were trapped were actually pigs, so they left the pigs and went to eat breakfast, and it was 3 pennies(which was a lot)!
While Hank and Sandy were walking, Hank asked Sandy to tell him everything that she knew about these two knights and she just kept talking and talking and talking. They eventually walked to Arthur’s sisters castle. She hated Arthur; in fact, she threw them in jail just for saying his name. While they were in jail, they set prisoners free and changed the executioner’s mind. That made him decide not to be an executioner any more.
After they got out of prison Hank had the idea of giving the pigs to people who are broke, but Sandy said that they shouldn’t be caged.
When Hank got back, he dressed the king in peasants clothing, cut his hair, and they went about pretending to be peasants to see what its like in other people’s shoes. They went as far as making the king act like a peasant himself.
The king and the Boss (Hank) were walking around as peasants when they came across this desolate land that had a mother dying from smallpox, a girl on the roof that was dying from smallpox (that the king soon got down with his bare hands(touching someone with small pox could kill you)And by that he showed tremendous bravery)and a dead guy sitting in a chair.
The next day the king and boss came upon a burning house, everybody inside looked crazy. There were people being hung, people getting locked up in cells and people chasing people out. It was terrible but the king told a knight and they stopped the catastrophe!!!!!!
The king and boss spent the night at a peasant’s house and in the morning they helped a boy by saving his life who got hung but was not dead. They got him down before he died. They discovered him after teens came running out of the woods screaming.
Later while walking in a foreign land the king and the boss were almost captured by knights but they narrowly escaped and were hunted by dogs as they ran and hid.
After their escape, the king bought a nice trinket and people thought that it was stolen because they looked like peasants. They soon got arrested by the police and were almost sold as slaves but the boss broke out, tried to take the key to rescue the king but failed and still got away.
The king was waiting in line to be hung at the last moment… the knights zoomed in on their bikes and the boss shouted “GET DOWN EVERY ONE OF YOU THESE ARE MY KNIGHTS AND THIS IS THE KING! BOW DOWN BEFORE HIM.” The king went home with the knights but the boss stayed.
After The king and boss got home a civil war was going on because Lancelot didn’t agree about a queen being sent to the stake by the king. To end the war Hank planted explosives around everything he had built, and things went according to plan and the civil war stopped. Hank saw someone injured and Hank went to help but the guy stabbed Hank(it was not seriously bad). Eventually all of the remaining people who stayed in Camelot caught a plague except the boss who slept for 600 years untill he was back in his own time.


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