'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
'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
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 seven books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers Blenheim: Battle for Europe (shortlisted for History Book of the Year, National Book Awards) and Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I.
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