The White Company

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Harper Collins, May 20, 1988 - Juvenile Fiction - 366 pages
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Afterword by Peter Glassman. Young Alleyne Edricson journeys to France in 1366 to join the White Company, a bold band of archers, and is swept into a series of exciting adventures. Written by the creator of Sherlock Holmes and illustrated by one of America's most distinguished artists, this lavishly illustrated deluxe gift edition is available once again. A Books of Wonder Classic.
  

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A campy version of a bit of Froissart's chronicles in a setting suitable for 1891 tastes. It is fun, but not a very gripping story, compared to Bernard Cornwell's Thomas of Hookton adventures. Suitable for young adults, but never to be taken as history. Read full review

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This was so hard for me to get through. I'm not sure if it was because I was reading it for a school project or what, but I found this book SO hard to finish. The plot seemed slow to me and I guess ... Read full review

Contents

How ACOSTINO FisANo RISKED HIS HEAD
200
How THE BOWMEN HELD WASSAIL AT THE ROSE DE GUIENKE
209
How ENGLAND HELD THE LISTS AT BORDEAUX
216
How A CHAMPION CAME FORTH FROM THE EAST
225
How SIR NIGEL WROTE TO TWYNHAM CASTLE
234
How THE THREE COMRADES GAINED A MIGHTY TREASURE
240
How ROGER CLUBFOOT WAS PASSED INTO PARADISE
252
CHAPTER PAGE
261

How STRANGE THINGS BEFELL ix Mix STEAD WOOD
73
How HORDLE JOHN FOUND A MAN WHOM HE MIGHT FOLLOW
89
How A YOUNG SHEPHERD HAD A PERILOUS FLOCK
106
CHAPTER PAGE XII How ALLEYNE LEARNED MORE THAN HE COULD TEACH
118
How THE WHITE COMPANY SET FORTH TO THE WARS
127
How SIR NIGEL SOUGHT FOR A WAYSIDE VENTURE
134
How THE YELLOW COG SAILED FORTH FROM LEPE
144
How THE YELLOW COG FOUGHT THE Two ROVER GALLEYS
156
How THE YELLOW COG CROSSED THE BAR OF GIRONDE
163
How SIR NIGEL LORING PUT A PATCH UPON HIS EYE
170
HOW THERE WAS A STIR AT THE ABBEY OF ST ANDREWS
180
How ALLEYNE WON HIS PLACE IN AN HONORABLE GUILD
191
How THE BLESSED HOUR OF SIGHT CAME TO THE LADY
272
How THE BRUSHWOOD MEN CAME TO THE CHATEAU
282
How FIVE MEN HELD THE KEEP OF VILLEFRANCHE
290
How THE COMPANY TOOK COUNSEL ROUND THE FALLEN
300
How THE ARMY MADE THE PASSAGE OF RONCESVALLES
307
How THE COMPANY MADE SPORT IN THE VALE OF PAM
314
How SIR NIGEL HAWKED AT AN EAGLE
324
How SIR NIGEL TOOK THE PATCH FROM HIS EYE
336
How THE WHITE COMPANY CAME TO BE DISBANDED
348
OF THE HOMECOMING TO HAMPSHIRE
356
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Page 47 - It is there that our mark shall be. What of the men? The men were bred in England: The bowmen the yeomen The lads of dale and fell. Here's to you and...
Page 297 - What of the bow ? The bow was made in England, Of true wood, of yew wood. The wood of English bows ; For men who are free Love the old yew-tree And the land where the yew-tree grows. What of the men ? The men were bred in England, The bowmen, the yeomen, The lads of dale and fell.
Page 160 - ... leader, the Normans had given back and were now streaming over the bulwarks on to their own galley, dropping a dozen at a time on to her deck. But the anchor still held them in its crooked claw, and Sir Oliver with fifty men was hard upon their heels. Now, too, the archers had room to draw their bows once more, and great stones from the yard of the cog came thundering and crashing among the flying rovers. Here and there they rushed with wild screams and curses, diving under the sail, crouching...
Page 47 - The lads of dale and fell. Here's to you and to you ! To the hearts that are true And the land where the true hearts dwell. " Well sung, by my hilt ! " shouted the archer in high delight. " Many a night have I heard that song, both in the old war-time and after in the days of the White Company, when Black Simon of Norwich would lead the stave, and four hundred of the best bowmen that ever drew string would come roaring in upon the chorus. I have seen old John Hawkwood, the same who has led half...
Page 158 - From the higher sides of the cog the bowmen could shoot straight down, at a range which was so short as to enable a cloth-yard shaft to pierce through mail-coats or to transfix a shield, though it were an inch thick of toughened wood. One moment Alleyne saw the galley's poop crowded with rushing figures, waving arms, exultant faces ; the next it was a blood-smeared shambles, with bodies piled three deep upon each other, the living cowering behind the dead to shelter themselves from that sudden storm-blast...
Page 161 - ... galleys the forked pennon fluttered upon the forecastle, and the galley, sweeping round, came slowly back, as the slaves who rowed it learned the wishes of their new masters. The two knights had come aboard the cog, and the grapplings having been thrown oft, the three vessels now moved abreast.
Page 318 - he cried, "you shall have a stoup with me for this! What then, old dog, would not the hawk please thee, but thou must have the stork as well? Oh, to my heart again!" "It is a pretty piece of yew, and well strung," said Johnston with a twinkle in his deep-set grey eyes.
Page 157 - ... oars. Down they swooped, one on the right, one on the left, the sides and shrouds black with men and bristling with weapons. In heavy clusters they hung upon the forecastle all ready for a spring faces white, faces brown, faces yellow, and faces black, fair Norsemen, swarthy Italians, fierce rovers from the Levant, and fiery Moors from the Barbary States, of all hues and countries, and marked solely by the common stamp of a wild-beast ferocity. Rasping up on either side, with oars trailing...
Page 156 - Forget not the wind, Hal!" So ran the muttered chorus, while high above it rose the sharp twanging of the strings, the hiss of the shafts, and the short '' Draw your arrow! Nick your arrow! Shoot wholly together! " from the master-bowman. And now both mangonels were at work from the galleys, but so covered and protected that, save at the moment of discharge, no glimpse could be caught of them. A huge brown rock from the Genoese sang over their heads, and plunged sullenly into the slope of a wave.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British novelist and historian best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote several historical novels, of which he considered The White Company to be his favorite Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945) is one of the most famous and beloved American illustrators of the twentieth century. A student of Howard Pyle's Brandywine School of American Illustrations, Wyeth's powerful, romantic illustrations for such classics as Rip Van Winkle, Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Robinson Crusoe have sparked the imaginations of four generations

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