The White Company / Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle

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The White Company / Sir Nigel  by  Arthur Conan Doyle

The White Company / Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Perhaps the two best historical novels ever written about the Hundred Years War [These two books] made an accurate picture of that great age, and that as a single piece of work they form the most complete, satisfying and ambitious thing I have everMorePerhaps the two best historical novels ever written about the Hundred Years War [These two books] made an accurate picture of that great age, and that as a single piece of work they form the most complete, satisfying and ambitious thing I have ever done.

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Certainly everyone has heard of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His Sherlock Holmes stories will never be forgotten. But most people dont realize that he was also very possibly the best historical novelist of his day. Sir Nigel and the White Company combines two of his best novels into one. Sir Nigel describes the early years of Nigel Loring during his initial service with King Edward III during the Hundred Years War. Doyle captures the period brilliantly-from the cadence and style of their speech, to unforgettable descriptions of court life, to the capture of the Castle of La Brohiniere, to a stirring account of the Battle of Poitiers.

It is a classic adventure tale, full of romance, chivalry, battles, brutality, and humor as the impoverished Nigel Loring and his attendant Aylward seek their fortunes. In The White Company, it is now 1366 and Sir Nigel is the leader of a raucous band of English bowmen known as the White Company.

Its a story of hard blows and daring feats, to be sure, but it also captures the spirit that animated the English leaders and the reasons behind the fearsome reputation of the English archers. When Conan Doyle was once asked which novel of his was his favorite, he replied, The White Company. I was young he said, and full of the first joy of life and action and I think I got some of it into my pages. If you enjoy reading about chivalrous knights and glorious deeds, in a context of historical accuracy, this book is for you.

Now order the ranks, and fling wide the banners, for our souls are Gods, our bodies the kings, and our swords for Saint George and for England! - The White Company



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