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Tales from the Tower of London

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The brooding grey walls of the Tower of London circumscribe one of the most recognisable buildings on the planet. Over its thousand-year history the Tower stood as a symbol of the English monarchy and served as both a palace and a prison. It is a place where court intrigues, clandestine liaisons, unimaginable tortures and grisly executions took place with frightening regularity. Tales from the Tower is the factual history of the great building itself told through the true stories of the people, royal and common, ...
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Overview

The brooding grey walls of the Tower of London circumscribe one of the most recognisable buildings on the planet. Over its thousand-year history the Tower stood as a symbol of the English monarchy and served as both a palace and a prison. It is a place where court intrigues, clandestine liaisons, unimaginable tortures and grisly executions took place with frightening regularity. Tales from the Tower is the factual history of the great building itself told through the true stories of the people, royal and common, good and bad, heroes and villains, who lived and died there. Including characters such as William the Conqueror, the Princes in the Tower, Jane Grey, Guy Fawkes, Colonel Blood and Rudolf Hess, the broad range of stories encompassed in Tales from the Tower present a microcosm of all human experience, from love and death to greed and betrayal, all played out against romantic period settings ranging from medieval knights in shining armour to the darkest days of World War II.. Anyone who loves history and adventure will find Tales from the Tower a classic page turner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750934978
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Plans of the Tower of London, twelfth to twentieth century
Pt. I Building a castle and a kingdom (1066-1485)
1 The axe, the arrow and the wailing monk : William the Conqueror and Brother Gundulf 3
2 Dangerous liaisons : Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt 13
3 A family affair : the princes in the Tower 26
Pt. II State prison of the Tudors (1485-1603)
4 The warder, the wolf and the woman : John Wolfe and Alice Tankerville 47
5 Treason in the bedroom : Queen Katherine Howard 54
6 Nine days a queen : Lady Jane Grey 69
7 The devil's dancing bear : Bishop Edmund Bonner and Cuthbert Symson 84
8 The spymaster : Francis Walsingham and Anthony Babington 95
Pt. III Turmoil and treason (1603-1800)
9 Gunpowder, treason and plot : Guy 'Guido' Fawkes 107
10 A right royal heist : Colonel Thomas Blood 124
11 The bloody Assizes : the Duke of Monmouth and Judge Jeffreys 136
12 The king over the water : William and Winifred Maxwell, Lord and Lady Nithsdale 149
13 The American (p)resident : Henry Laurens 159
Pt. IV A home for spies and tourists (1900-1950)
14 The black book : Sir Roger Casement 173
15 The weatherman : Josef Jakobs 186
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