Peterborough Cathedral welcomes Earl Spencer

Wednesday 24 March

A defining moment in English history is the subject of 'The White Ship', the Earl's latest book, which he will launch as part of an online lecture to be given in partnership with the cathedral.

In his talk on Thursday 10th June at 4.00pm (UK time), Charles Spencer 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.

The book commemorates the 900th anniversary of the sinking in 1120 of Henry I’s ship, which 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.

“I’m delighted to accept Peterborough Cathedral’s invitation to share my passion for this subject”, said Earl Spencer. “My hope is that the audience will further appreciate how European life today is defined in part by certain key historical pinch-points and this was certainly one of them.” 

A former American television on-air journalist, Earl Spencer 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. 

Earl Spencer’s online talk will be followed by questions from the audience. Tickets will be made available soon. The Zoom link will be sent to ticket-holders shortly before the talk.

Signed copies of The White Ship are available at the Earl's website

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