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 ... 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
Mail on Sunday
'Charles Spencer is a gifted storyteller ... 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'
'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
'Neglected by popular historians, [Henry I] ... has found a
master storyteller in Charles Spencer ... rooted in excellent
historical research ... a lyrical, vivid and compelling portrait.
He succeeds in bringing to life huge characters from nearly a
'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
'Told with verve and an exceptional eye for detail, this is the
story of how a single catastrophe changed the course of British
history forever. Dramatic, compelling and utterly addictive'
'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