Black and white headshot of Dan Jones and Helen Castor.

Event information

21 Aug 2023


BP Lecture Theatre; and online via Zoom


  • Individual tickets
    £18 (Members in person)
    £8 (Members online)

Package tickets

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£90 (Members in person)
£40 (Members online)


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Join bestselling historians Helen Castor and Dan Jones to dive into one of the medieval period's most epic wars.

Together they'll discuss Jones' historical fiction debut, Essex Dogs, the first instalment of an explosive new trilogy 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 Crecy, this band of brothers know 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.

Drawing on extensive historical research, Castor and Jones will explore the stark reality of medieval warfare and shine a light on the fighters and ordinary people caught in the storm.

This event is part of the Members' exclusive 2023 Literary season: historical fiction.

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Attend in person (£18 per event or £90 for all six events)

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  • Please note this lecture will be held at full capacity without social distancing measures in place. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place throughout the evening.
  • Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt. 
  • This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Attend online via Zoom (£8 per event or £40 for all six events)

The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.

About the speakers

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian, journalist and television presenter. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Powers and ThronesCrusaders, The Templars, The Plantagenets, The Wars of the Roses and Magna Carta. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles and has an exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and develop historical TV series, including adaptations of his books.


Helen Castor

Helen Castor is a historian, a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her books include the prize-winning Blood & RosesElizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity and Joan of Arc. Castor's book She-WolvesThe Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth was made into a BBC TV series. She has presented a range of programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and in 2022, she was a Booker Prize judge.

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