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The White Company is a motley group of English mercenaries, fighting under the leadership of Sir Nigel Loring. Bound by an unquestioning respect for social order, patriotism, and a lust for adventure, the company makes its way to France to fight in the local wars. Encountering pirate ships and other dramas during their crossing, they finally land at Bordeaux and become involved with the fighting at the siege of Chateau of Villefranch du Perigord and in the Spanish Pyrenees. With assiduous attention to historical detail, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paints a convincing picture of the chivalric life and manners of the 14th century. With a fresh, concise style, this is a robust and stirring tale of adventure with the spirit and humorous touch of a Chaucerian raconteur.
(P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Lemons40 on 05-12-05

No wonder this was Doyle's favorite

This is a terrific adventure. The accuracy of the battle depictions and the superb research involved in all aspects of the tale make this story shine. Chivalry, courage, honor and the violence of battle are all intertwined (as they were in this period) in this tale of knightly adventure. Without being the least trite, the author conveys to us the best and worst of knightly behavior. In addition to the fictional main characters, Edward the Black Prince, Sir John Chandos and the great French beau-sabreur Bertrand du Guesclin all figure prominently. The battle scene in the beseiged castle is one of the best and most breathtaking I have read.
The reader is superb. his characterizations are perfect and stick with me weeks after finishing the book.
Conan Coyle can write!!

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By Robert on 09-20-07

History both entertaining & real

I don't understand why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wasted so much time writing Sherlock Holms stories if he could write books like this. This book is for people who enjoy a fine story made up of history, adventure, and humor with believable characters and a little romance. It is set in the time of the Black Prince, when King Edward III was trying to add the rest of France to his kingdom. Go along with the adventures of a new squire, an untried bowman and a war wise older archer as they go off to follow their commander Sir Nigel Loring, a most unlikely champion of chivalry and honor.

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