An Epic History Of The Tower Of London

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A dazzling history of the Tower of London, one of the world's busiest tourist attractions, and the people who populated it

Castle, royal palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site, zoo, mint, home to the crown jewels, armory, record office, observatory, and the most visited tourist attraction in the UK: The Tower of London has been all these things and more. No building in Britain has been more intimately involved in the island's story than this mighty, brooding stronghold in the very heart of the capital, a place which has stood at the epicenter of dramatic, bloody and frequently cruel events for almost a thousand years.

Now historian Nigel Jones sets this dramatic story firmly in the context of national--and international--events. In a gripping account drawn from primary sources and lavishly illustrated with sixteen pages of stunning photographs, he captures the Tower in its many changing moods and its many diverse functions. Here, for the first time, is a thematic portrayal of the Tower of london not just as an ancient structure, but as a living symbol of the nation of Great Britain.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312622961
Branch Call Number: 942.15
Characteristics: 456 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Apr 17, 2016

For me this is a gem, so much so that I've bought the e-book with the ability to take my time.

In just the first 30 pages my jaw dropped, little exclamations came forth. Yes, it probably helps if one is interested in history or wants to be transported to another time. There are little bits of trivia one might never hear in a uni lecture hall & only come upon by reading multiple books.

How would I ever have learned that James I was such a deviant - few books go there. Other pearls await my discovery. It's mind boggling the consider 10,000 bodies in one plague pit within view of the Tower, with another 42,000 just within a mile further on. All this happened in a 5 year time span. The disruption/redistribution of land mass is tremendous. I'm going back to the tower bridge just to consider it.

Jul 03, 2015

This book is a gem. Written very clearly, and so interesting. It is a history of several time periods, as seen through the happenings in the tower. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in British history, or prison history. It's a great work!


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