This is another one of Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novels set during the 1366-67 period. The readers will get to "visit" Spain, France, and - naturally - The Great Britain. They say the author got his inspiration to write an epic historical tale after a "report" on the Middle Age. The book itself came out in 1891, two years after he sat down at that fateful lecture.
Today, in the 21st century, The White Company is one of the least known novels by Doyle. However, back in the day (up to the 50's), it was wildly popular. Furthermore, the man himself always considered his historical books to be his best work and not the Sherlock series that we all known him by these days. Alleyne, the main character of the novel, is a 20-year-old man, and he decides it's time for him to leave the Catholic abbey.
It raised him, gave the lad a roof over his head and turned him into a smart, intelligent, honorable, devoted and skilled man with a big heart and a naive soul. The boy's got his blood rushing through the veins, and he's about to embark on the most exciting journey of his life. At the same time, the abbot exiles John for his huge stomach and messin' around with the ladies.
The two come across Mr. Aylward at an inn, a man that arrived in the UK as a recruit: the White Company of lethal mercenaries is hiring, and he has an offer for Sir Loring: to become the commander of the movement. Alleyne leaves his companions for a moment to visit his older bruv who has quite a notorious reputation. They meet for the first ever since the young lad was just a baby. Soon, he finds himself running with Maude, a breath-taking maid that steals his heart.