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Sir Nigel [Paperback]

Arthur Conan Sir Doyle , 1st World Library , 1stworld Library
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1 Sep 2004
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - Dame History is so austere a lady that if one, has been so ill-advised as to take a liberty with her, one should hasten to make amends by repentance and confession. Events have been transposed to the extent of some few months in this narrative in order to preserve the continuity and evenness of the story. I hope so small a divergence may seem a venial error after so many centuries. For the rest, it is as accurate as a good deal of research and hard work could make it. The matter of diction is always a question of taste and discretion in a historical reproduction. In the year 1350 the upper classes still spoke Norman-French, though they were just beginning to condescend to English. The lower classes spoke the English of the original Piers Plowman text, which would be considerably more obscure than their superiors' French if the two were now reproduced or imitated. The most which the chronicles can do is to catch the cadence and style of their talk, and to infuse here and there such a dash of the archaic as may indicate their fashion of speech.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595402063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595402066
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,104,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered a milestone in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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To anyone living in Surrey Sir Nigel brings the area to life at a time when Guildford was a vibrant market town in the days of Knights, the castle was alive, the King resident in his Palace at Guildford and Sir Nigel's Chain of Armour being made in Tunsgate - mind blowing drama
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I was given this book to read by my father when I was young and have read it lots of times
Superbly researched and written by Conan Doyle. Sir Nigel is an honourable knight who has
Adventures during the Hundred Years Wars .The White Company is the sister book following
On from Sir Nigel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great story 8 Mar 2014
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a wonderful adventure story by a great story teller. I have read it many times but have lost the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old World charm 22 Sep 2013
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A brilliant book, beautifully written, just as good as the White Company and it doesn't matter in what order you choose to read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well told historical romance 24 Feb 2013
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Amazing storyteller with insight into romantic chivalry of the 14th century. Written in a very accessible style with a good narrative thrust
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic adventure 31 Jan 2013
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A great classic tale of derring-do this is the sequal to ''THE WHITE COMPANY'' which should be read first. These are two of my favorite books which have been read many times, they are simply full of great characters straight forward plots unspoilt by undercurrents of treachery and what will happen next. The story is of knights, archers, worthy foes and doing what has to be done, I will not spoil the story by telling you what happens just enjoy this highly recommended book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conan Doyle's forgotten Medieval Hero 27 Jun 2012
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This prequel to the author's 'The White Company', an earlier and more romantic evocation of England and the English during the Hundred Year's War is nonetheless a classic Boy's Own romp where good triumphs over evil and the heroic Nigel Loring wins his fair lady through his bravery and chivalric conduct on land and at sea. It is set mainly in France during a period of five years before and during the campaign of the Black Prince that culminated in the stunning victory at Poitiers in 1356 where Nigel is knighted by his leader. Conan Doyle is no Shakespeare and his attempt a reproducing the language of the time is sometimes risable but he can certainly tell a gripping story and I can recommend this to boys of all ages. Get this and The White Company together for a holiday read.
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