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The White Ship

The White Ship

Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream

by Charles Spencer
Paperback
Publication Date: 10/06/2021
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'As gripping as any thriller. History doesn't get any better than this' BILL BRYSON

'A brilliant read ... Spencer has a real facility for getting these characters to leap fully formed from the page ... Game of Thrones but in the real world' ANTHONY HOROWITZ

'The medieval Titanic ... Charles Spencer explores with brilliance ... the gripping, tragic story of the White Ship ... and brings it to vivid and thrilling life in this superb book' KATE WILLIAMS

PICKED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE DAILY MAIL AND THE DAILY EXPRESS.

'Highly enjoyable' Simon Heffer

'Brilliant' Dan Jones

'Fascinating' Tom Bower

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 night was the cream of Anglo-Norman society, including the only legitimate heir to the throne. By 1120, Henry was 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 for was finally achieved, and he was ready to hand it on to his beloved son, William Ætheling.

Henry I and his retinue set out first. The White Ship - considered the fastest afloat - would follow, carrying the young prince. 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...

Charles Spencer evokes this tragic and brutal story of the Normans from Conquest to Anarchy. With the heir dead, a civil war of untold violence erupted, a game of thrones which 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 bloody, desperate scrum for power.

ISBN:
9780008296841
9780008296841
Category:
Maritime history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
10-06-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x23mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer is author of a number of books including Killers of the King and Blenheim: Battle for Europe which was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards.

A former contributing Correspondent on the TODAY Show (NBC News), he is a Founder of the Althorp Literary Festival. His wife, Karen, founded and runs Whole Child International - a charity that champions abandoned and orphaned children in the Developing World.

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