"The White Companyis a lively romance, and very good reading for boys and friends of old times and tall knights." -Andrew Lang
"Start a story by Conan Doyle and you cannot stop reading, whether you are ten or sixty."-Michael Dirda
"The immense talent, passion and literary brilliance that Conan Doyle brought to his work gives him a unique place in English letters."-Stephen Fry
Arthur Conan Doyle's The White Company (1891) is a vivid and action-packed historical adventure novel set against the backdrop of the Hundred Years' War in 14th century Western Europe. With Doyle's impeccable eye for historical accuracy, this chivalric tale of a motley gang of Saxon knights en route to battle in France is a breathtaking window into the medieval world.
When Alleyne, a young Saxon noble-man who has been raised in a monastery comes of age, he is in accordance with his father's will, instructed to experience the outside world. As Alleyne travels through England he meets two men in search of adventure; Hordle John and Samkin Aylward. They convince the young lad to join them on their journey to the castle of the enigmatic knight Sir Nigel Loring. When they arrive they learn that Sir Nigel had been chosen to lead the White Company, the English stalwart archers, into battle against the French. Under the banner of Sir Nigel, our valiant heroes fall into increasingly thrilling adventures, including a swashbuckling episode with pirates on the high seas, chivalric battles, and epic feats as the White Company strive in their unswerving appetite for glory in battle. With The White Company readers of all ages will fall under the spell of one of the most thrilling and accurate historical adventures ever penned.
With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The White Company is both modern and readable.