Best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also a passionate historian, and The White Company was his favorite among his own works. This spirited account of the exploits of a crew of Saxon archers during the Hundred Years War features cameo appearances by historical figures such as Edward III and the Black Prince. Flavorful and realistic in its depictions of medieval life, the novel combines the excitement of a rugged adventure with the romance of chivalry.
Our favorite reader of adventure classics found this book a real treat. It shares some similar plot lines with the Lord of the Rings. Doyle’s book of chivalry also illustrates some of its ridiculousness. It starts with intrigue at a monastery and there is plenty of swashbuckling.