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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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VIRTUAL BOOK TALK: The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream

with Charles Spencer

The sinking of the White Ship in 1120 is one of the greatest disasters England has ever suffered. In one catastrophic night, the king’s heir and the flower of Anglo-Norman society were drowned and the future of the crown was thrown violently off course.

In a riveting narrative, Charles Spencer follows the story from the Norman Conquest through to the decades that would become known as the Anarchy: a civil war of untold violence that saw families turn in on each other with English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all playing a part in a desperate game of thrones. All because of the loss of one vessel – the White Ship – the medieval Titanic.

Charles Spencer was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a reporter on NBC’s Today show from 1986 until 1995, and is the author of four books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: Battle for Europe (shortlisted for History Book of the Year, National Book Awards) and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier.

 

PURCHASE The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream from our partner, Harvard Book Store.

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