Mark Twain’s parody of the Middle Ages, and examination of the progress that eclipses that day and age, is satire at its best. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court begins with a 19th century Hartford man, Hank Morgan, telling the narrator that he has time traveled to 6th century Britain. Hank relays that he sustained a head injury, awakening to find himself at King Arthur’s Camelot. Hank’s strange experience has left an impression on him, and his manuscript explains all that took place during his journey into the past. At court, Hank is regarded as a menacing intruder, and sentenced to death. A timely solar eclipse convinces the people that Hank is a powerful man, and he is deemed “The Boss”. He sets about modernizing medieval society, helped by a young boy named Clarence, introducing education, gunpowder, and industrialization. He then challenges the Knights of the Round Table to a battle in a hilarious tournament. The novel climaxes with the bloody battle of the Knights against the Church. Hank is mysteriously returned to his own century, where he dies in the presence of the narrator. Twain’s satiric and clever novel should engage high school readers, and more mature middle school students.