• A Hidden History of The Tower of London

  • England’s Most Notorious Prisoners
  • By: John Paul Davis
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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By: John Paul Davis
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Famed as the ultimate penalty for traitors, heretics, and royalty alike, being sent to the Tower is known to have been experienced by no less than 8,000 unfortunate souls. Many of those who were imprisoned in the Tower never returned to civilization and those who did, often did so without their head! It is hardly surprising that the Tower has earned itself a reputation among the most infamous buildings on the planet.

Beginning with the early tales surrounding its creation, this book investigates the private life of an English icon. Concentrating on the Tower's developing role throughout the centuries, not in terms of its physical expansion into a site of unique architectural majesty or many purposes but through the eyes of those who experienced its darker side, it pieces together the often seldom-told human story and how the fates of many of those who stayed within its walls contributed to its lasting effect on England's - and later the UK's - destiny. From ruthless traitors to unjustly killed Jesuits, vanished treasures to disappeared princes, and jaded wives to star-crossed lovers, this book provides a raw and at times unsettling insight into its unsolved mysteries and the lot of its unfortunate victims, thus explaining how this once typical castle came to be the place we will always remember as the Tower.

©2020 John Paul Davis (P)2021 Tantor
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History buffs, this is for you!

Absolutely interesting!!
I've enjoyed every chapter! I have already been at the tower 4 times, but after reading this book, I can't wait to visit England's most visited attraction once again.
The narration was perfect!

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  • Christine
  • 11-17-22

Lazy scholarship

As much as I HATE criticising authors (who are real people), I felt let down by the premise of this book. The first 3/4 is just a potted history of the Kings and Queens of England, and the last 1/4 is just a long list of undeveloped facts. There is very little history of the actual tower as a building, or those who ran it, and I’m not at all sure what the word ‘hidden ‘ is in the title… I feel anyone could have found this information and written it down.

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  • Gemma
  • 11-02-21

Dull

This book was just boring and the narrator was dull. Just couldn’t get into it