Warrior, prince, lover, and rogue: there is much to be said for the Essex man. Henry VIII, Jack the Ripper, Daniel Defoe and Wat Tyler are all here along with many more in this exciting exploration of Essex boys. Pepys and Constable captured Essex both in words and on canvas while the heads of great Essex families administered its laws and kept the county in order. Loyal and strong, men of Essex have battled Viking marauders, defied Norman warlords, sailed with 'hearts of oak' against the Spanish Armada and vanquished Napoleon on both land and sea. A man of music, science, and literature, the Essex Boy will always be a man of many guises. Strong and loyal, passionate and ruthless - he is here in the pages of this book.