The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest

Sir Nigel - book cover 1959

Historical fiction

Like many writers of his age, Arthur Conan Doyle, was interested in historical subject matters. These he was able to weave into many of his published fictions, including The White Company, Sir Nigel, and the Brigadier Gerard series.

In particular, Conan Doyle was fascinated by medieval culture, especially the idea of chivalry. This ongoing interest in the past, and the way in which history is formed and recorded, was also in evidence in his non-fictional historical writings, such as his studies of the Boer War and First World War.

In all of his publications he demonstrated a commitment to truth telling and what he saw as the cause of the righteous (usually the English) against foreign foes.

There is a characteristic patriotism to these historical studies, and Conan Doyle made little attempt to disguise his own views as to the rights and wrongs of different events and conflicts.



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