SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Gareth Russell

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October 14, 2020
The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream By Charles Spencer Harper Collins, 352pp, £20 It is difficult to imagine a disaster more well-intentioned, or complete, than Stephen, the king who ruled England for 19 catastrophic years between 1135 and 1154. His reign proved sufficiently wretched that a chronicler recalled: “To