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9780008296803

The White Ship

The White Ship

by Charles Spencer

Publisher William Collins

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The sinking of the White Ship on the 25th November 1120 is one of the greatest disasters that England has ever suffered. Its repercussions would change English and European history for ever.

King Henry I was sailing for England in triumph after four years of fighting the French. Congregating with the king at the port of Barfleur on that freezing November night was the cream of Norman society: three of his children, including the only legitimate male heir to the throne, as well as the flower of the aristocracy, famous knights, and mighty courtiers. By 1120, Henry was perhaps the most formidable ruler in Europe, with an enviable record on the battlefield, immense lands and wealth, and unprecedented authority in his kingdoms. Everything he had worked so hard for was finally achieved, and he was ready to hand it on to his beloved son and heir, William theling.

Henry I and his retinue set out first. The White Ship considered the fastest afloat would follow, carrying the young prince William thling. Spoilt and arrogant, William had plied his comrades and crew with drink from the minute he stepped aboard. It was the middle of the night when the drunken helmsman rammed the ship into rocks. There would be only one survivor from the gilded roll call of passengers

Written to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the shipwreck, Charles Spencer evokes the harsh and brutal story of the Normans from Conquest to Anarchy. With their heir dead, a civil war of untold violence erupted, a game of thrones which saw families turned in on each other with English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all playing a part in a bloody, desperate scrum for power.

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About the Author

Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer was awarded an MA in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford University. He worked for the American TV network NBC News for a decade from 1986, as an on-air correspondent, and wrote his own scripts for his pieces for the TODAY Show.

Charles Spencer has since presented for the History Channel, and has been interviewed in his capacity as an expert historian on several occasions by the BBC, most recently in the BBC4 three part series Charles I: Downfall of a King.

From TV it has been a short stroll to writing books. Althorp: the Story of an English House was the first (published in 1998), followed by The Spencer Family (called The Spencers in the USA), Blenheim: Battle for Europe (a Sunday Times bestseller, which was shortlisted for ‘History Book of the Year’ in the 2005 National Book Awards), Prince Rupert: the Last Cavalier, Killers of the King (a Sunday Times bestseller), and To Catch A King (a London Times bestseller).

Charles Spencer has written articles for Vanity Fair, the Spectator, the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, and has reviewed books for many publications, including the Mail on Sunday, and the Financial Times.

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