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Sir Nigel [Hardcover]

Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle
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July 1976 0719532280 978-0719532283 Collected ed
A fourteenth-century Englishman wishing to revive his ancestor's traditions vows to perform three noble deeds before claiming the hand of his love.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Adventure by a Terrific Author Feb. 26 2001
You're a Sherlock Holmes fan, right? Yes, of course you are. Everybody is. Look at the zillions of reprints of these stories. Every year there's another one. And who is the writer? Why, Arthur Conan Doyle, of course.
Or maybe you're a science-fiction or fantasy nut. The books you love best are those in which a very imaginative author conjures up a remarkable, detailed, complex world, puts human-type characters in it, and sets them in motion, reacting to the forces around them. You'd crawl through mud to find a book like this.
So why oh why oh why don't you give this neglected masterpiece, this Sir Nigel--and with Doyle as the author--the acclaim it so richly deserves? No, it's not fantasy or science-fiction, but it begins in England in 1348, and can you possibly imagine a time and place more foreign than that?
To briefly summarize, the story is about a young squire, Sir Nigel, and his quest to perform noble deeds so that he can win the hand of his love, who waits patiently for him to complete them. If you want nothing more than adventure, this book has it. He begins by rescuing a damsel from a scoundrel who would besmirch her honor; there is a small then a large sea battle against the Spanish; there is a journey to a cruel, pirate-infested island, and the revenge exacted on its leader; there are jousts, one on one and thirty on thirty; and in final there is a large, desperate battle between huge armies of French and English where much glory and blood is to be found. Large and small, adventures abound, and I haven't even mentioned half of them. And nothing here stretches credibility.
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I fell in love with this book, and The White Company which followed. I am in a Middle Ages Reinactment group, and have been for the past ten years. I feel that Sir Doyle did an extremely detailed research on the period. There was a sense of being with Nigel Loring whilst he struggled to complete his deeds. The book was also true to the brutality, chivalry, and honor which was bestowed upon their fellowm men at the time. Again, a quite fantastic book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book May 31 2000
I don't have much time to write this review, but if I did, it would be a long one full of words of praise. I read this book in its Spanish language version(only about 15 times). I found it really exciting and interesting. It is the classic story of the undersized fighter who at the end gets all the glory. The story is full of surprises and it will capture anyone's imagination (it got mine). Read it! -
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal book Dec 27 1998
An absorbing plot of high adventure combines with masterfully-crafted writing to make this book a true classic. From the creator of Sherlock Holmes comes what, in my opinion, is one of the best books ever written.
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