Refresh your spirit and allay your fears by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.
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WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, DC, of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.
Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.
List of Illustrations
A Word of Explanation
Chapter I: Crownsville
Chapter II: King Henry’s Court
Chapter III: Knights of Crownsville
Chapter IV: Sir Kay and the Man Who Would Be Boss
Chapter V: An Inspiration
Chapter VI: The Eclipse
Chapter VII: The Tower
Chapter VIII: The Boss
Chapter IX: The Tournament
Chapter X: Beginning to Change Civilization
Chapter XI: The Queen in Search of a Baseball Club
Chapter XII: Slow Torture
Chapter XIII: Free Agents!
Chapter XIV: Defend the Banner!
Chapter XV: Sandy’s Statistics
Chapter XVI: Morgan le Fay
Chapter XVII: A Baseball Banquet
Chapter XVIII: In the Queen’s Dungeons
Chapter XIX: Baseball as a Trade
Chapter XX: The Ogres’ Stadium
Chapter XXI: The Pilgrims
Chapter XXII: The Crocodiles
Chapter XXIII: Restoration of the Team
Chapter XXIV: A Rival Player
Chapter XXV: A Competitive Examination
Chapter XXVI: The President in the Newspaper
Chapter XXVII: The President and the Queen Travel Cognito
Chapter XXVIII: Drilling the President
Chapter XXIX: The Smallpox Hut
Chapter XXX: The Tragedy of the Big House
Chapter XXXI: Marco
Chapter XXXII: Dowley’s Humiliation
Chapter XXXIII: Twenty-first Century Political Economy
Chapter XXXIV: Slavery as a Career
Chapter XXXV: A Pitiful Incident
Chapter XXXVI: An Encounter in the Dark
Chapter XXXVII: An Awful Predicament
Chapter XXXVIII: Sandy and the Lawyers to the Rescue
Chapter XXXIX: The Knights’ Fight with the Yankees
Chapter XL: Three Years Later
Chapter XLI: The Dictum
Chapter XLII: War!
Chapter XLIII: The Battle on the Salisbury Plain
Chapter XLIV: A Postscript by the Scribe
Final P.S. by C.C.
About the Ghost’s Writer
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
The Queen Visits Her Brother
A very Angel of Death
The Original Boss’s Twin
“Ambrose Hinton, scratch thyself.”
“I made Malory vow not to spend, as President, more than her country’s annual income.”
“Mr. Carter, you are fired.”
Morganna Hanks, Owner of the London Knights
Mrs le Fay
“I could have enchanted a herd of hogs.”
“No mercy here.”
“I sacked the manager and his accountant on the spot.”
“I knew the terror of my dungeon’s denizens.”
“I never forgave myself.”
“Arthur, I have ever so much to explain to thee…”
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