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Sir Nigel

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

By 1348 the House of Loring has fallen on hard times. Together, the Black Death and the greedy monks of Waverley have bled away all of the Loring wealth. Even the manor house will have to go to pay their debts.
Then a chance encounter with the King of England provides Nigel, the last of the Lorings, with the chance to seek his fortune in the constant wars with France. But more importantly for Nigel it also means that he may be able to do the "three small deeds" that will show he is worthy to ask for the hand of the Lady Mary in marriage.
Filled with chivalry, humor, and high romance, Sir Nigel is simply a rattling good yarn.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God preserve us from the wenches, Samkin! But indeed I think that if there is money to be gathered you are as likely to get your fist full as any man who goes to the war. But hasten, lad, hasten! Already your young master is over the brow."

Thus admonished, the archer waved his gauntleted hand to his father, and digging his heels into the sides of his little pony soon drew up with the Squire. Nigel glanced over his shoulder and slackened speed until the pony's head was up to his saddle.

"Have I not heard, archer," said he, "that an outlaw has been loose in these parts?"

"It is true, fair sir. He was villain to Sir Peter Mandeville, but he broke his bonds and fled into the forests. Men call him the 'Wild Man of Puttenham.'"

"How comes it that he has not been hunted down? If the man be a draw-latch and a robber it would be an honorable deed to clear the country of such an evil."

"Twice the sergeants-at-arms from Guild. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is really a book for kids. It reminded me a bit of "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay. A young lad sets out to gain fame and honor.

I bought it at a second hand bookstore on account of the good looking cover, one the inside was a note, it was awarded to a kid in Grade 3... in 1932!!!

That...more

Originally published on my blog here in March 1998.

Of all Arthur Conan Doyle's works, this one has perhaps aged least well. It's set in the Middle Ages, or, rather, it's set in a world imitating that of Scott's Ivanhoe. It seems today very in-authentic, particularly in the speech and descriptions...more

Excellent story, where the writing style takes you back in time, and the story keeps you hooked. I really wanted to keep reading :)

This was an amazing gem. If I had found this earlier, this would have been a definite read aloud as bedtime stories to my children. Each chapter has just the right amount of heroism and pluck and adventure sure to inspire nightly dreams of times long gone of knights errant.

But, for the real reaso...more

Winning Knightly Glory During the 100 Years War

You can't blame Nigel Loring for hating Waverly Abbey. Its smug and rapacious monks have snatched most of his ancestral land, leaving his grandmother and him with but a handful of acres and aging servitors and without enough money to equip the 22-yea...more

A nicely entertaining little novel for a weekend, but rather stereotypically told and with the usual honourable knight that's good at everything and gets the lady, a plot full of chivalry topics and quite unsubstantial. Just like cotton candy.

At the end of it, I still couldn't determine whether this book was "Hurrah, chivalry!" or "Ha ha, chivalry!" On the one hand, I felt that the reader was meant to root for Nigel and his knight-errant dreams, and that the storyline followed the romantic pattern pretty closely; on the other, Nigel's...more

A different book of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, totally different from Sherlock Holmes that everybody knows about. This book is about Nigel the last of a noble family of England around the 14th century. His family is not so rich anymore and his property is mostly taken by the adjusting church. But th...more

An entertaining romp rendered in slightly schizophrenic fashion by Conan Doyle, who at times strikes the pose of a contemporary bard and devotee of chivalry, at times an arch modern commentator. The book always seems to be on the point of denouncing the farce of knight errantry and the hero's boy...more

Chivalric deeds, bloody battles, bouts with ships, deeds of arms, chevauchées, robber barons and clever archers (Samkin Aylward!!) abound in this nice prequel to The White Company which follows the younger years of Sir Nigel, a minor noble of a house of great renown for the bravery of his knights...more

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