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416 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1891
Not until I´ve picked this I´ve realized how much I´ve craved a classic tale of knights just doing chivalric deeds. Recently I´ve noticed that most of modern historical fictions set in the Middle Ages, or inspired by them, are so very much so cynical and pessimistic, where the most chivalrous knights spends his pastime violating maidens and killing orphans and everything is horrible (I blame G. R. R. Martin for this trend). So this 130 years old book feels like a breath of fresh air.
The story takes place in the Edwardian part of the Hundred Years' War and follows a young man Alleyne Edricson, who has been raised by monks, at the age of twenty he leaves the monastery and goes to explore the world, in accordance with his late father´s wishes. Conveniently he is taken as squire to Sir Nigel Loring who was just requested to take command of a free company of mercenary longbowmen - The White Company. The book follows their adventures both funny and breathtakingly thrilling in war ravaged France, Spain and culminates in an epic battle.
I´ll be sure to read the prequel (sequel) Sir Nigel when I´m again feeling oversaturated with the modern historical fiction genre.