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Sinking of the White Ship


Arienne King
by British Library
published on 01 December 2019
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A depiction of the Sinking the White Ship in the English Channel. The White Ship sank off the coast of Barfleur, Normandy on November 25, 1120 CE. The ship departed from Barfleur on a course for England, but struck a rock on its portside and began to sink. William of Adelin, the only legitimate son and heir of Henry I of England, perished during the disaster. William's illegitimate half-siblings Richard of Lincoln and Matilda FitzRoy perished as well.

From Cotton Claudius D. ii, fol. 45v, made c. 1321 CE. Original in the collection of the British Library in London.

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