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Yeovil Literary Festival

Charles Spencer will be speaking with Reverend Richard Coles at the Yeovil Literary Festival about his latest book THE WHITE SHIP.

Monday 1st November, 2021 – 4pm EST

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Exclusive Talk at The Sulgrave Club

Charles Spencer will be speaking at the exclusive members club, The Sulgrave Club, about his book THE WHITE SHIP ahead of its US launch on October 19th.

Monday, October 18th, 2021 – 6pm EST

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Charles Spencer talks at the Boston Athenaeum

Join Charles Spencer on Monday Oct 4th when he will be speaking online at the Boston Athenaeum about his book THE WHITE SHIP ahead of its US launch on October 19th.

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Monday, October 4, 2021 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Aspects of History Summer Festival

Over each evening, from June 7th – 10th, our editor, Oliver Webb-Carter, will interview four of our historians about their latest books and future projects.
We have arranged a high quality line-up of Charles Spencer, Helen Fry, Saul David and Giles Milton.

Tune-in each evening at 19:00 on our YouTube Channel, which you’ll also be able to access on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to watch each interview.

Monday 7th June 2021
7pm

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Charles Spencer to talk at Chalke Valley History Festival

The festival will offer its usual amazing line-up of talks, topical debates, living history and activities for children, with eminent historians and household names all bringing history to life.

23rd – 27th June 2021
Further ticket information coming soon

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

The sinking of the White Ship on the 25th November 1120 is one of the greatest disasters England ever suffered. Its repercussions would change English and European history for ever.

Lord Spencer, author of historical novels that include ‘Killers of the King – the men who dared to execute Charles I’ and ‘To Catch a King – Charles II’s great escape’ will join us by Zoom to talk about The White Ship, his most recent book. The paperback will be released on June 10th and everybody who buys a ticket for his talk will get a copy, hot off the press, signed and dedicated.

£15 Online Only
Tuesday, 18th May 2021
7:30 pm

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The White Ship: an online talk by Earl Spencer

To coincide with the day on which ‘The White Ship’ is released in paperback, Charles Spencer will take up the themes of his book: conquest, anarchy and the wrecking of Henry I’s dream.

Thursday 10th June 2021
4pm

The 45 minute talk, via Zoom, will be followed by a short Q&A.

Tickets
UK: lecture plus signed book – £25 (inc. UK postage)
Worldwide: lecture plus signed book – £32 (inc. worldwide postage)

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

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.

Zoom Webinar
Tuesday 29th, June 2021
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Charles Spencer in Bath

Lord Spencer discuss his seventh and latest book The White Ship which sank near the Normandy coast on 25 November 1120. Amongst the dead was William Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of Henry I. His death led to a crisis of succession and a period of bloody civil war know as the Anarchy.

Monday 30th November
Doors open – 6:30 pm
Start time – 8:00 pm
Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH
Signed Book and Ticket £25
Bring a friend £7

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Charles Spencer – The White Ship

Lord Spencer’s seventh and latest book The White Ship evokes the harsh and brutal story of a dead heir, a civil war of untold violence and a game of thrones which saw families turned in on each other and how the course of British history changed overnight

Stratford Play House
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
Friday 20th November 2020
6 pm – 7 pm
Live venue event £12
Live event viewable online £5

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Charles Spencer in Ely

Lord Spencer discuss his seventh and latest book The White Ship which sank near the Normandy coast on 25 November 1120. Amongst the dead was William Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of Henry I. His death led to a crisis of succession and a period of bloody civil war know as the Anarchy.

Thursday 12th November
Doors open – 7:10 pm
Start time – 7:30 pm
St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF
Signed Book and Ticket £25
Bring a friend £7

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Charles Spencer in conversation

Lord Spencer is discussing The White Ship, his seventh and latest book with Sally Laverack .

The tragedy that led to decades of civil war, untold violence, rebellion and the collapse of Henry I’s legacy of stability and wealth, which changed English history for ever.

Thursday 5th November 2020
4:30 pm
Bridport Electric Palace
35 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NY
Entry ticket £12

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Wells Festival of Literature

Wells Festival of Literature

Lord Spencer will be discussing his latest book The White Ship – conquest, anarchy and the wrecking of Henry I’s dream.

This thrilling story, written to mark the 900th anniversary of one of the greatest maritime disasters in English history, describes how the fastest ship afloat sank, taking with it the only legitimate heir to King Henry 1.

Thursday 22 October 2020
6 pm – 7 pm
Cedars Hall, The Liberty, Wells, BA5 2ST
Entry ticket £10, Students £6

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Lord Spencer is a longtime and generous friend of KCWC. He returns for the October Speaker Series to discuss his seventh and latest book The White Ship which he describes as “a cross between Titanic and Game of Thrones – with a slice of Sliding Doors!”

Thursday 8 October 2020

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Charles Spencer in conversation

Lord Spencer will be discussing his latest book The White Ship – conquest, anarchy and the wrecking of Henry I’s dream

Wednesday 7 October 2020
3 pm – 4 pm
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Entry ticket £12.50
Signed Book and Ticket £37.50

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Up Close and Personal

A fascinating interview with Lord Spencer discussing his latest book The White Ship with Rebecca Harding, Global Chair of the SWWJ. 22 September 2020.

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Henry I, the King of England

920 years ago today Henry I became King of England. The youngest son of William the Conqueror, he was never intended for the crown. In 1100, an opportunity presented itself.

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Cabana Magazine

Founder and Editor in Chief of Cabana Magazine, Martina Mondadori, joins Charles Spencer for a live tour of the Library at Althorp House on Instagram Live.

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Lockdown Literary Festival

Charles Spencer discusses his bestselling books, and life at Althorp during the COVID-19 pandemic, with presenter Paul Blezard at the Lockdown Literary Festival.

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The Diana Award

Charles Spencer paid tribute to young people from around the world who are being honoured for the positive impact they’re making in their communities, as told by PEOPLE magazine.

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Althorp Living History

Architectural Digest PRO checks in with Earl Spencer, who has opened up Althorp House to Theodore Alexander’s design team.

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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.

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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.”

READ THE ARTICLE AT TELEGRAPH.CO.UK
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Literary Review: ‘To Catch a King’

“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.”

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History Today: ‘To Catch a King’

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

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Ralph Lauren Magazine Q&A: Lord Spencer

The British nobleman reminisces about growing up at Althorp—the Spencer family’s historic home and the stunning backdrop to Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2015 Purple Label campaign.”

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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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Vanity Fair: ‘Killers of the King’

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.”

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The Independent: ‘Killers of the King’

“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.”

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‘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.

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