Charles Spencer shares discovery of father's WWII heroism

Video: Charles Spencer travels to France to discover the untold story of his father's heroism during the Normandy invasion.


The Times: Interview

Charles Spencer on his cure for jet lag and maintaining Althorp Park

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Daily Telegraph: Great Estates

The Spencers have been in public life since the 16th century, when Sir John Spencer was knighted by Henry VIII. Lord Spencer, the 19th generation of his family at Althorp, considers his position. “When I took over, I walked through the saloon, which is hung with family portraits going back 500 years. It was like walking across the stage with an audience. I thought, ‘My goodness, it’s my turn to do something with the place.’”


“Charles Spencer’s latest book, To Catch a King, does for us exactly what Charles II intended when he asked Pepys to commit his story to paper: ensure that this most extraordinary episode is never forgotten.”

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The Times: ‘To Catch a King’

“The story of the young Charles II’s escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 has been told many times, and no wonder; it’s a ripping yarn, with ingredients that belong partly to thrillers and partly to fairytales.”


History Today: ‘To Catch a King’

“A lively account highlights the heroic exploits of his loyal companions and the ravages of war against Cromwell.”


“…for any member of the Spencer family, Althorp is where our heart is, wherever we are in the world.”

The R.L. Q&A

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People Magazine: ‘To Catch a King’

“The 9th Earl Spencer noted that the monarch (Charles I) once bought 10 purple capes and purchased as many as 40 suits in one year. At one point, Spencer said, Charles II spent 1 percent of the nation’s wealth on himself in a single year. (Really.)”

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“Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, is a dark tale of the consequences faced by the 59 men who brought about the death of Charles I, in 1649, by signing his death warrant.”


“This is a thrilling tale of pursuit and resistance and it is based on deep original archival research. It is a credit to Spencer's skill that he both creates a vivid and enlightening picture of the age – a fevered time of denunciation and reprisal – and draws out the touching moments of human drama and sentiment from the stories of imprisonment and execution.”

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The Telegraph: ‘Killers of the King’

"When I was writing my most recent book, Killers of the King, I noticed a portrait hanging in a row of other men in armour that I’d never looked closely at before. It turned out he was Lord Grey of Groby, one of the killers of Charles I and a central character in my book. I never even knew he was there, let alone that I was related to him."


‘My Name is Earl’

The 9th Earl Spencer talks to Hugo Rifkind about his relationship with royalty and why he’s happy (finally) at 50