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Essex Dogs

(The first book in the Essex Dogs Trilogy series)
A novel by

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2023

New York Times bestselling historian makes his historical fiction debut with an explosive novel set during the Hundred Years' War.

July 1346. Ten men land on the beaches of Normandy. They call themselves the Essex Dogs: an unruly platoon of archers and men-at-arms led by a battle-scarred captain whose best days are behind him. The fight for the throne of the largest kingdom in Western Europe has begun.
Heading ever deeper into enemy territory toward Crécy, this band of brothers knows they are off to fight a battle that will forge nations, and shape the very fabric of human lives. But first they must survive a bloody war in which rules are abandoned and chivalry itself is slaughtered.
Rooted in historical accuracy and told through an unforgettable cast,
Essex Dogs delivers the stark reality of medieval war on the ground – and shines a light on the fighters and ordinary people caught in the storm.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"War. Looting. Junkies. Pintle-tugging. The English abroad. Dan Jones takes you to the year of Our Lord 1346." - Tibor Fischer

"A new champion has entered the front line of historical fiction to stand shoulder to shoulder with Bernard Cornwell." - Jane Johnson

"With a cast of unforgettable characters, written with irrepressible verve and historical accuracy, Dan Jones delivers a compelling novel that thrums with swordswinging energy." - Simon Sebag Montefiore

"Few books manage to be as compelling on every level as Essex Dogs: it's adventure, history, and heart." - Dana Schwartz

"The battles that shaped Europe from the point of view of the soldiers... Searing." - Kate Williams

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