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Sir Nigel

By Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir

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Title: Sir Nigel  
Author: Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Conan Doyle, S. A. (n.d.). Sir Nigel. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: DAME HISTORY is so austere a lady that if one has been so ill-advised as to take a liberty with her; one should hasten to make amends by repentance and confession. Events have been transposed to the extent of some few months in this narrative in order to preserve the continuity and evenness of the story. I hope so small a divergence may seem a venial error after so many centuries. For the rest, it is as accurate as a good deal of research and hard work could make it. The matter of diction is always a question of taste and discretion in a historical reproduction. In the year 1350 the upper classes still spoke Norman-French, though they were just beginning to condescend to English. The lower classes spoke the English of the original Piers Plowman text, which would be considerably more obscure than their superiors' French if the two were now reproduced or imitated. The most which the chronicles can do is to catch the cadence and style of their talk, and to infuse here and there such a dash of the archaic as may indicate their fashion of speech. I am aware that there are incidents which may strike the modern reader as brutal and repellent. It is useless, however, to draw the Twentieth Century and label it the Fourteenth. It was a sterner age, and men's code of morality, especially in matters of cruelty, was very different. There is no incident in the text for which very good warrant may not be given. The fantastic graces of Chivalry lay upon the surface of life, but beneath it was a half-savage population, fierce and animal, with little Ruth. It was a raw, rude England...

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: PAGE -- I. THE HOUSE OF LORING 3 -- II. How THE DEVIL CAME TO WAVERLEY, 8 -- III. THE YELLOW HORSE OF CROOKSBURY, 14 -- IV. HOW THE SUMMONER CAME TO THE MANORHOUSE -- OF TlLFORD 29 -- V. How NIGEL WAS TRIED BY THE ABBOT OF -- WAVERLEY 42 -- VI. IN WHICH LADY ERMYNTRUDE OPENS THE IRON -- COFFER 57 -- VII. How NIGEL WENT MARKETING TO GUILFORD, 67 -- VIII. How THE KING HAWKED ON CROOKSBURY -- HEATH 82 -- IX. How NIGEL HELD THE BRIDGE AT TILFORD, 93 -- X. How THE KING GREETED HIS SENESCHAL OF -- CALAIS 102 -- XI. IN THE HALL OF THE KNIGHT OF DUPLIN, 113 -- XII. How NIGEL FOUGHT THE TWISTED MAN OF -- SHALFORD 125 -- XIII. How THE COMRADES JOURNEYED DOWN THE -- OLD, OLD ROAD 139

 

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