The White Ship: an online talk by Earl Spencer

Thursday 10 June 2021 16:00 - 17:00

To coincide with the day on which 'The White Ship' is released in paperback, Charles Spencer will take up the themes of his book: conquest, anarchy and the wrecking of Henry I's dream.

He will chart the lead-up to, and focal point of, one of the greatest disasters that England has ever suffered and its repercussions which continue to affect Europe to this day.

In 1120 of Henry I’s ship was rammed into rocks by its drunken helmsman, drowning Henry’s son and heir William in the process. Violent civil war followed; a game of thrones witnessing English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all playing a part in a bloody, desperate scrum for power.

About the speaker

Earl Spencer, a history graduate and former American television on-air journalist, began his history writing career publishing books about his own family. He has appeared recently on the BBC to present a three-part series Charles I: Downfall of a King.

Earl Spencer served as a Page of Honour to HM the Queen in the 1970s and has been one of her Deputy Lieutenants for Northamptonshire since 2005. He is the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and his family seat is Althorp in Northamptonshire. His family is the nineteenth generation to live in the five-hundred-year-old house.

Tickets and times

Each ticket includes both online access to the lecture and a copy of the paperback edition of The White Ship, signed by the author. As you make your booking, you will have the option to request a short dedication for your book or to have it sent to an alternative address.

  • Thursday 10th June 2021 at 4.00pm (UK time)The White Ship book cover
    The 45 minute talk, via Zoom, will be followed by a short Q&A.

  • Tickets
    UK: lecture plus signed book -  £25 (inc. UK  postage)
    Worldwide: lecture plus signed book - £32 (inc. worldwide postage)


A Zoom link to the talk will be sent to ticket holders just before the event.

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