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

Fri 25 Sep

Friday, 25 September 2020

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Talk | Online Only

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

Join Charles Spencer as he tells the story of a cataclysmic shipwreck that killed the king’s only legitimate heir and changed English and European history forever.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Charles Spencer


The sinking of the white ship on 25 November 1120 unleashed decades of bloodshed. With Henry I’s only legitimate son and heir dead, a civil war of untold violence erupted. Noble families turned in on each other in a bloody, desperate scrum for power that included rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king.

Bestselling author Charles Spencer’s new book commemorates the 900th anniversary of the shipwreck. In this talk, he will reveal the harsh and brutal story of anarchy that followed.

Charles Spencer was a reporter on NBC’s Today show from 1986 until 1995, and is the author of seven books, including two Sunday Times bestsellers – Blenheim: Battle for Europe (shortlisted for History Book of the Year, National Book Awards), Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I – and To Catch a King: Charles II’ s Great Escape.

A copy of Charles Spencer's book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Friday, 25 September 2020
1.30pm - 2.30pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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