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The Tower of London is an icon of England's history. William the Conqueror built the White Tower after his invasion and conquest in 1066, to dominate London and it has become infamous as a place of torture, execution and murder. The deaths of royals attracted most attention; the murder of Princes in the Tower, the beheading of Henry VIII's wives, Anne Boleyn and KatherineThe Tower of London is an icon of England's history. William the Conqueror built the White Tower after his invasion and conquest in 1066, to dominate London and it has become infamous as a place of torture, execution and murder. The deaths of royals attracted most attention; the murder of Princes in the Tower, the beheading of Henry VIII's wives, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, and Lady Jane Grey, Henry's great-niece, and queen for just nine days. Few prisoners recorded their experiences, but John Gerard, a Catholic priest imprisoned during Elizabeth I's reign, wrote of being questioned in the torture-room, which contained 'every device and instrument of torture'. After being hung from manacles, his wrists were swollen and he could barely walk. Members of the aristocracy could not be tortured, and those incarcerated for a long time used their time to write. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote his vast History of the World in the Tower. Control of the Tower was vital at times of crisis, during rebellions and civil wars. It has also been the country's principal arsenal, it housed the royal mint, the national archives, the crown jewels and wealthy Londoners' riches, and in the royal menagerie it contained one of the earliest zoos. Stephen Porter's landmark new history traces the evolution of the Tower and it's changing role, the many personalities who lived or were imprisoned there, and the 'voices' of contemporaries during the Tower's long history, spanning almost 1000 years....

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ISBN : 9781445603810
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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  • Helene Harrison
    2019-03-02 05:43

    Review - I really enjoyed this book. Having been to the Tower several times it is easy for me to picture the places it talks about, and to navigate in my head around the Tower. It is such an emotional and evocative place, and I don't think the book really picks that up, however, though it would be difficult to do so. The building work in particular is very well-described, but more could have been added to do with the people who were imprisoned there, as key executions were missed out, such as that of the Duke of Buckingham in 1521. It is well-written and helps to convey the history of the Tower over a long period of time, as a central part of England's capital.General Subject/s? - Architecture / Buildings / History / LondonRecommend? – YesRating - 17/20

  • Ned Charles
    2019-03-19 10:31

    A very good book, well written, easy to read with the details in chronological order. It is very much a 'who is who' on the guest list of the tower through the years and why these individuals were there. There is very little, if any padding.The author did not embellish his work by dwelling on those better known characters of time, the wives of Henry the Eighth, Sir Walter Raleigh, etc.More details on the architecture would be good and in my eyes a fifth star.

  • Annette
    2019-03-09 09:45

    Summary:The Tower of London is one of the first historical places a tourist visits in London. In a guided tour group tourists are shown the grounds and various buildings, and told of the historical events that happened there. Darker tales of people who were prisoners and many who were later executed are shared with the tourists. But, not all these fascinating stories that are told are correct, some are traditions and or legends.Stephen Porter has written a fascinating and beautiful historical book on the Tower of London. He has bypassed traditional stories, and has worked to write a book with accurate historical information. From the beginnings of the Norman conquest by William the Conqueror in 1066. The Tower was then built to be a fortification for William's newly captured city of London. It was built on the southeast quadrant of London and near the Thames river. The building was begun in 1078. An administrator named Gundulf was hired to build the first tower, which would later be named the White Tower. The tower was made from Caen stone, its "walls were 12-15 feet thick". It was in the 1200's that the White Tower was whitened. Most of the Tower of London's buildings were built during the middle ages, and "in its form as it is today." The author writes vivid descriptions of each of the buildings and their purposes. Most fascinating to me were the stories of men and women who were housed in the buildings as prisoners. A few of these stories I'd heard before, many of them were new to me. I was especially interested to read of the two princes that were placed in the tower during the upheaval and change of monarch to Richard III, these two boys were never seen again. A brief story of Sir Thomas More is also told, and his imprisonment in the tower. A more sinister part of the book is the description of the underground torture room.Review:Positive Points: Beautiful stunning photographs, many of them in color.Accurate information on a landmark of London, England. This landmark is known to most of the world as both a famous and infamous site. Stories included of both well-known historical figures, and those not as well-known. To me it was the stories of those people I'd not heard of before that made this book unique.A book that can be read and re-read with as much fascination as the first time when it was read. Modern history of the Tower is given. From its beginnings in 1078 up until the 21st Century. Not only was I given the history of the Tower of London, but a brief history of England.I found no negative points. The book in my opinion was everything I'd hoped it would be. I loved reading this book, and I plan to use it as a source of accuracy against any other books I read on the Tower of London, and England.Thank you to Amberley Publishing and Stephen Porter for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy Hoodock
    2019-02-23 04:43

    Definitely a history geek read, but if you are interested in the Tower of London, this is a really fun read. It does tend to the chronological (this happened, then this) but it's clearly written and a lot of fun.

  • Shaun Hately
    2019-03-04 04:27

    Fascinating. Learned a lot I had not known before.

  • Monique
    2019-03-08 09:40

    It's easy to lose your head, reading this book full of interesting facts about the history of the London Tower and its 'residents'.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-19 09:45

    Nice and quick! I have been to the Tower, so it was great to learn more about it. I knew the general history, but I learned quite a few new facts.

  • David Stimpson
    2019-02-27 07:32

    yes ..interesting