Tower by Nigel Jones
An Epic History of the 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.
 

About Nigel Jones

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NIGEL JONES is a historian, journalist, and biographer, covering subjects ranging from Nazi Germany to the lives of British writers. He has written for the Cambridge Evening News, the Press Association News Agency, and has been an editor on BBC and independent radio, as well as for History Today and BBC History magazines.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 464 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Historian and journalist Jones (Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Kill Hitler, 2008, etc.) enlightens and delights in this history of the London Tower.

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The Telegraph

Everyone knows the Duke of Clarence died by being dunked in a butt of his favourite Malmsey wine, though not that his daughter wore on a bracelet a tiny silver wine barrel in memory of the event – until she too crossed a monarch and lost her head in the Tower.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A vivid account of the Tower, from its Norman beginnings as a prestigious fortress and palace, to its years of service as prison and torture chamber, and eventually premier tourist attraction.

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Express

And here lay the irony: monarchs who thought they were entering the Tower as a royal palace could often find the tables turned and, like the princes, end up as prisoners.

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Historical Novel Society

This is a fascinating look at the infamous Tower of London, from its beginnings as a motte-and-bailey castle built by William the Conqueror, to be both palace and stronghold during many reigns, to the last man executed there, one Josef Jacobs, a German paratrooper who was captured and shot during...

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SFFWorld.com

(Aug 22, 2010) I read these books many years ago, and recently picked them up and enjoyed them all over again.

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Curious Book Fans

“An Epic History of the Tower of London” it was subtitled as – perfect, I thought, all this wonderfully fascinating history presented through its relationship to the Tower.

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Red Room

there are the requisite fifty pages or so of interesting historical anecdotes concerning the Tower itself sprinkled throughout and the afore mentioned procession of minor characters and their back stories mostly finding and losing various items on the London Underground.

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