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.
'How a drunk teenager shipwrecked the monarchy ... As colourful and racy narrative history goes, this absolutely gallops. The White Ship whips through a hundred years of complex history from the Norman Conquest to Henry II' Daily Mail 'Rooted in the medieval chronicles, but crafted like a Hollywood thriller. Spencer is one of the finest narrative historians around ... This story fairly rattles towards it terrible denouement' Mail on Sunday 'Charles Spencer has shown himself to be a perceptive and lively historian ... A gifted storyteller ... A complex tale spanning decades, with a rich, but rarely attractive cast of characters, pivoted on one single, tragic winter evening. It is an event and a period of history that should be better known, and now it will be.' The Times 'Charles Spencer proves himself more than a match for the story. He guides the reader well through the dramatic twists and turns of these years, which first placed Henry on the throne, then seemed set to deny the succession of his progeny. Spencer has a particularly good eye for detail, enriching his account with vivid pen-portraits of the main players ... Fast-paced and immensely enjoyable' Literary Review 'Neglected by popular historians, [Henry I] ... has found a master storyteller in Charles Spencer... rooted in excellent historical research, Charles Spencer has written a lyrical, vivid and compelling portrait. He succeeds in bringing to life huge characters from nearly a millennium ago' Spectator 'Out of a 900-year-old moment of heart-stopping tragedy, Charles Spencer conjures an exhilarating narrative full of incident and insight. Here is the story, marvellously told, of the post-Conquest kings - and one almost-queen - of England: unpredictable, violently dramatic, and never less than compelling.' Helen Castor