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  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Ben Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Essex Dogs

By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Ben Miles
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Summary

Globally bestselling historian Dan Jones makes his historical fiction debut with Essex Dogs, the explosive first instalment in an epic new trilogy set during the Hundred Years War.

July 1346. The Hundred Years' War has begun, and King Edward and his lords are on the march through France. But this war belongs to the men on the ground.

Swept up in the bloody chaos, a tight-knit company from Essex must stay alive long enough to see their home again. With sword, mace and longbow, the Essex Dogs will fight, from the landing beaches of Normandy to the bloodsoaked field of Crécy.

There's Pismire, small enough to infiltrate enemy camps. Scotsman, strong enough to tear down a wall. Millstone, a stonemason who'll do anything to protect his men. Father, a priest turned devilish by the horrors of war. Romford, a talented young archer on the run from his past. And Loveday Fitztalbot, their battle-scarred captain, who just wants to get his boys home safe.

Some men fight for glory. Others fight for coin. The Essex Dogs? They fight for each other.

©2022 Dan Jones (P)2022 Head of Zeus

Critic reviews

"Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine historian." (The Times)

"When it comes to rip-roaring medieval narratives, Jones has few peers." (Sunday Times)

"Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight." (Helen Castor)

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Really gripping

It’s a good story well told, and I trust the author’s well known historical expertise, so I am counting this as simultaneously enjoyable and educational. One thing that surprised me was archers and other ordinary soldiers living together in a company; I’d always assumed that archers stuck together as a breed apart.

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You know you want to! Does not disappoint.

Northampton has made it to my list of Historical/Fictional characters from the past you'd invite to a dinner party.

Can really tell the fictional narrative is rooted in historical fact. We're so used to Dan Jones' history books being entertaining, this was always going to be a winner.
How refreshing to have this genre tackled by a historian rather than a novelist.

Sequel 👏🏻 sequel 👏🏻 sequel 👏🏻

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Amazing

I absolutely loved this story can’t wait for the sequel and hopefully more about the Welshman

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An alternate tale

Dan has done well to spin a tale of the forgotten, those who may have lived the battle beyond the banners and chivalry.

The gritty band of brothers paints a vivid story of the life of a mercenary in 1346, the rise and fall of characters from familiar folk tales but with a realism and grit that is seldom seen beyond Spielberg's "saving private Ryan"


An abrupt end and I hope a sequel is underway for our hardened Smith, reluctant commander, errant squire and Welsh friends.

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Excellent

For lovers of historical "fiction" this is right up there. Fantastic story that keeps you wanting more right till the end. Will definitely be getting the next two when they're out.

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Fantastic historical fiction

It’s rare that you have an actual historian write a fiction book, especially on a subject they are clearly passionate about. The story and writing were superb and credit goes to the narrator for the multiple accents they did!

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EXCEPTIONAL!!

A remarkable, gritty story of the time. Absolutely brilliant entertainment whilst still informative. Thanks DJ.

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Great first novel.

For a first try at a novel, Dan Jones has done a great job.

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Wanted it love it. Didn’t.

Much anticipated and therefore pre ordered. Sadly disappointed.

Performance is decent but I found, after the initial opening, it’s pretty slow. Yes it is Book One in a predicted trilogy, so perhaps best to read/listen to them in one long run. But as a stand alone, I found it quite an endurance to get through.

Have vastly enjoyed all of Jones’ non fiction work and truly expected to love this. Sadly didn’t.