This is a monumental historical novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book first saw the light of day in 1906 and tells a story set in 1950-56, during the events of the Hundred Years' War. Nigel, the main character of the story, is a valiant knight, serving King Edward III with honor and dignity. He is in love with Mary, a royal girl, and vows to conquer her heart and soul with three outstanding deeds.
On his way to Calais, the young man confronts a French spy and retrieves some valuable papers from him. Nigel manages to defeat the spy, but he does leave him with a lot of heavy wounds. Then, the King himself comes to visit the man to praise him for his service. And, he tells him that the French will be hanged soon. Nigel is devastated by the King's decision and asks him to spare the gentleman’s life.
Edward III is surprised by his servant's request but decides to let the French go. After the knight gets back on his feet, he joins the King's cause once again and continues to impress the kingdom with his bravery, wit, intelligence, and devotion. He battles the Spanish, barely escapes death a couple of times and defeats numerous foes along the way.
Finally, he manages to get back home safe and sound and marries Mary, the woman of his dreams. Sir Nigel is an engaging historical novel with just the right mix of romance and humor. Arthur Conan Doyle created a rich, vivid, overwhelming world that you can explore during those cold winter nights. As far as the genre goes, this book is one of the greatest works of fiction. If you love stories about knights, beautiful women, sacred vows and breath-taking adventures, Sir Nigel will be a great pick for you.