The White Ship and Empress Matilda

In 1120, the heir to the throne, three of the king's other children, and many of the kingdom's youths drowned at sea. This left a woman named Matilda as heir. Yet her cousin Stephen seized the prize, triggering 19 years of battle called "The Anarchy."

Topics in this Podcast: royalty, sad royal childhoods, shipwrecks, 12th century