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Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer to give talk on new book for Peterborough Cathedral




Earl Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana, is to give an online talk for Peterborough Cathedral in June.

Charles Spencer will talk about his latest history book, The White Ship, on Thursday, June 10 at 4pm via Zoom.

The White Ship charts a defining moment in English history in 1120, when Henry I’s ship was rammed into rocks by its drunken helmsman, drowning Henry’s son and heir William.

Earl Spencer is set to release his latest history book in June. Photo: Robert Wilson/Contour by Getty Images
Earl Spencer is set to release his latest history book in June. Photo: Robert Wilson/Contour by Getty Images

Violent civil war followed as English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all became involved in a bloody, desperate scrum for power.

"I’m delighted to accept Peterborough Cathedral’s invitation to share my passion for this subject," he said.

“My hope is that the audience will further appreciate how European life today is defined in part by certain key historical pinch-points and this was certainly one of them.”

A former American television on-air journalist, Charles Spencer began his history-writing career publishing books about his own family.

He recently presented a three-part BBC series, 'Charles I: Downfall of a King'.

The talk will be followed by questions from the audience.

Tickets, which include a signed paperback of the White Ship, are available via www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk



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