The Fortunes of Nigel, Volume 1

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Archibald Constable and Company Edinburgh; and Hurst, Robinson, and Company, London., 1822 - English fiction - 355 pages
Lord Nigel Olifaunt's father loaned huge sums of money to King James I of England years before. Nigel now wants the money back, but the royal courtiers will stop at nothing to steal the young lord's wealth. Court intrigue and swashbuckling action serve as the background to this historical fiction set in early seventeenth century Great Britain

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