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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

A book of the rarest quality. Everything about Sir Nigel is incredible, from prose to characterization and setting and visualization and imagery, to timing and rhythm, to the story itself. It's an epic of high adventure, violent chivalry, purely satisfying medieval aestheticism, and not once hits a

Разкошен рицарски роман, засягащ събития от Стогодишната война (кулминацията е битката при Поатие, 1356 г.), в който вероятно щях да се влюбя до уши като юноша, но и като дърто магаре го намерих за доволно симпатичен. Е, имаше я леката наивност и на моменти чак комично звучащата патетика, ала сър Ар

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.


A delightful tale giving the back story to "The White Company" and Sir Nigel Loring. Arthur Conan Doyle pens a historical fiction that covers the years between 1350-1357, an early period in the Hundred Years War. The page-turning, captivating narrative follows the way in which Nigel Loring went from

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 dr

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, n

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