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The Prince and the Pauper (1882) represents Mark Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys’ inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. (Summary from Wikipedia.org).

The Prince and the Pauper (1882) represents Mark Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys’ inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. (Summary from Wikipedia.org).
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The Prince and the Pauper (1882) represents Mark Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys’ inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens. (Summary from Wikipedia.org).

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Episodes

04 – The Prince / 05 – Tom as a patrician

12/30/2017
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Duration:00:23:57

06 – Tom receives instructions

12/29/2017
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Duration:00:15:43

07 – Tom’s first royal dinner / 08 – The question of the Seal

12/28/2017
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Duration:00:13:39

09 – The river pageant / 10 – The Prince in the toils

12/27/2017
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Duration:00:22:46

11 – At Guildhall

12/26/2017
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Duration:00:10:49

12 – The Prince and his deliverer

12/25/2017
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Duration:00:23:28

13 – The disappearance of the Prince

12/24/2017
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Duration:00:08:38

14 – ‘Le Roi est mort—vive le Roi’

12/23/2017
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Duration:00:22:43

15 – Tom as King

12/22/2017
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Duration:00:22:40

16 – The state dinner / 17 – Foo-foo the First

12/21/2017
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Duration:00:27:24

18 – The Prince with the tramps / 19 – The Prince with the peasants

12/20/2017
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Duration:00:27:13

20 – The Prince and the hermit / 21 – Hendon to the rescue

12/19/2017
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Duration:00:23:50

22 – A victim of treachery / 23 – The Prince a prisoner

12/18/2017
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Duration:00:18:08

24 – The escape / 25 – Hendon Hall

12/17/2017
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Duration:00:19:46

26 – Disowned / 27 – In prison

12/16/2017
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Duration:00:27:53

28 – The sacrifice / 29 – To London / 30 – Tom’s progress

12/15/2017
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Duration:00:16:47

31 – The Recognition procession

12/14/2017
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Duration:00:12:22

32 – Coronation Day

12/13/2017
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Duration:00:24:57

33 – Edward as King / Conclusion – Justice and Retribution

12/12/2017
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Duration:00:25:23