I already knew that the White Company was a historical band of English mercenaries at the time of the Hundred Years War, but wasn't sure what the author would make of them. The story is fast-paced, despite the sometimes flowery courtly language used by the protagonists and reads much like a travelogue, being the adventures of a young man brought up in a monastery but leaving to spend a year in the 'real' world before he decides how to live the rest of his life. The state of England in the 14th Century is brought vividly to life, though historians might well blanch at some of the details that Doyle adds. He is obviously influenced by the victorian beliefs about knightly chivalry, and his heroes tend to be characterised in a way that would not be out of place in a romantic Arthurian ballad, but are perhaps a touch too idealistic for the modern taste.
Having said that, 'The White Company' is certainly a page-turner. Scenes flash by entertainingly as the protagonist meets warriors back from France, becomes a squire to a famous knight, crosses the Channel to locate the eponymous mercenary company, and learns that for all his education at the hands of the Cistercians he has a lot to learn about the real world. Thoroughly recommended as a Victoran historical romance.