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Sir Nigel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Date of publication: 1906

Sir Nigel is a historical novel set during the Hundred Years' War. It is a fore-runner to Doyle's earlier novel The White Company, and describes the early life of that book's hero Sir Nigel Loring in the service of King Edward III at the start of the Hundred Years' War.

Plot Summary

The tale, at its outset, traces the fortunes of the family of Loring of the Manor of Tilford, many of whose scions had been prominent in the service of the Norman and Angevin Kings of England, against the backdrop of the Black Death. The tale starts with the problems the family and its last scion, Nigel Loring, face at the hands of the monks of the Abbey of Waverley, upto the coming of Sir John Chandos.

Playing the host to King King Edward III of England, Nigel asks to be taken into his service, a request that is complied with by his being made squire to Sir John Chandos. In order to make himself worthy of the hand of the Lady Mary, daughter of Sir John Buttesthorn, he vows to perform three deeds of honour to her.

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