Ld be my only gripeI am now intrigued to take a look at the authors other works I enjoyed portions of this book especially the history of the Tower menagerie and the chapter about great escapes from the Tower book especially the history of the Tower menagerie and the chapter about great escapes from the Tower too much of it was given over to a chronological march through British history giving detailed general descriptions about each ing or ueen s reign but very little information actually directly related to the Tower As a history buff I m already acuainted with the basic narrative of British history and was frustrated to have to wade through basic history lessons to find the good tidbits and anecdotes about the Tower itself I thought Jones rather lost the Tower uite freuently during detours through British history Now I realize that excursions through British history are necessary to understand events related directly to the Tower but I did sometimes forget that the book was about the Tower at all Now I think it would be a good general introduction to British history only the book s format thematic and its conseuent jumps back and forth in time would make it confusing for someone looking for an introduction I was excited to order this book and started it the minute I pulled it from the packaging And then bit by bit I began finding things that just bothered me Mr Jones tends to relate how a person of the time felt and how they said things It annoyed me at first until I hit the chapter The Princes The PRotector and The Prentenders and he goes far into detail about Richard III then needed to be related in order to drive home what a bloodthirsty little G Men Super Sm Z king he was And of course the sneaky sentences contain words such as Buckingham silkily said greasy Lovell Catesby and Ratcliffeugh Oh and how Thomas More said that the child Edward basically said that he hoped his uncle wouldn till him Where in the history books does THAT statement appear Only in Thomas More s material found after his death that was written during the Tudoe era Of course Richard III was evil to the Tudors He had to be I m not one of those who blindly believes that Richard had nothing to do with the death of his nephews but no proof has been given that he had or that he ordered it OR that Henry VII didn t order it Could Richard have done it Yes BUt don t state it as FACTAnd then the absolute Dame Fortunes Fancy killer for me was this Katherine herself beautiful and godly to behold was dressed in white satin with her dark hair hanging lose down her back So he s talking about Katherine of Aragonwho had RED hair OR possibly golden red She did NOT have dark hair SO what else is going to be incorrect if something so wellnown is incorrect I have no idea I stopped reading the book and it goes into my give away pile PEOPLE OF GOODREADS It took me a year to finish this book and even now I don t now whyyyThere are a LOT of A factoids
such as King Harold II s body was so wrecked by his final battle that only his mistress could as King Harold II s body was so wrecked by his final battle that only his mistress could it by intimate certain indications King Henry VI vanished for than a year leaving behind only a few pathetic belongings including his crown and a spoon Samuel Pepys had famously already taken the precaution of burying his most valued possessions including a prized Parmesan cheese in his gardenThe earlier chapters on the construction of. S Here for the first time is a thematic portrayal of the Tower of London as than an ancient structureThe fortress is a living symbol of the nation itself in all its aleidoscopic colour and rich diversity Incorporating a dazzling panoply of political and social detail Tower puts one of Britain's most important buildings firmly at the heart of our national stor. ,
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involvedOne era that this held true for was the Civil War 1640 1660 This is not a time that I have not read extensively about so Jones coverage of it was interesting He also seemed to give information from the point of view of both Parliament and Royal followers of this time If someone nows about these events and felt differently please let me now As I said this is not an area of expertisesomehow involvedOne era that this held true for was the Civil War 1640 1660 This is not a time
for meThis unbiased reporting did not hold true for most of the bookmeThis unbiased reporting did not hold true for most of the book the title is Tower An Epic History of the Tower of London it possibly should be Tower This Author s Opinion on Events Taking Place There For the Plantagenet and Tudor reigns Jones states what happened definitively with little reference to any other theories that may be held For example Richard III murdered not only his innocent little nephews but also Henry VI in true Shakespearean style For any offended Plantagenet fans he is just as ruthless and one sided in his telling of Henry VII s Henry VIII s tales Jones sources include several that I have read and I don t remember anyone having such certain information on these mysteries that have been made unsolvable by time The final blow was that Jones ends his history with the beginning of Victoria s reign other than a brief mention of some WWII spies who were executed there Apparently nothing interesting happened at the Tower in the 1900sWhen you add to this opinionated history the fact that much of it was drawn out and boring while other sections skipped over entire reigns I almost gave up on it but I couldn t I had desired this book for so long with it s beautiful cover and intriguing title I give it a rather generous 3 stars because 2 seems rather harsh Just the anticipation of reading it was worth that much I would recommend this book only to those who are looking for what seemed to me to be a summary of basic British history that is found in old text books Inaccurate sensationalist and silly The only chapter with any historical merit found in old text books Inaccurate sensationalist and silly The only chapter with any historical merit The Menagerie and the Mint everything else is grossly exaggerated at best hideously inaccurate at worst I was sorely disappointed with this book I really enjoyed this book so much that I new before I got half way through I would reread it very soonWritten in an easy straight forward consistent style with an amazing amount of information it would be an ideal read for anyone who intends to visit the Tower as well as anyone who loves history I have visited the Tower and if I get the chance again I would get a lot out of a second visit because of this bookClearly a lot of research has been invested in this book 400 pages of solid information and no sign of any unecessary fillers I was reading this book well past bedtime some nights and had to force myself to put it down Although the book has an excellent drawingdiagram of the Tower s layout personally I would have liked a chart showing the relationships from monarch to monarch but that wou. Al a place which has stood at the epicentre of dramatic bloody and freuently cruel events for almost a thousand yearsNow historian Nigel Jones sets this dramatic story firmly in the context of national and international events In a monumental history drawn from primary sources he pictures the Tower in its many changing moods and a bewildering array of function. Ugh such a disappointmentPart of it was not the book s fault What I m really looking for is a history of the structure itself and
is a history of England it relates to the Tower The problem is that there was loads of minutiae about various reigns but a strange lack of detail about the Tower Like here are the thousand million things that this ing did oh and at some point they built another curtain wall and also there was a palace in there for a minute now about the totally unrelated crap He also mentions several times that the Garden Tower was later renamed the Bloody Tower with no explanation of when or of what incident prompted that despite a fairly detailed recounting of the murder of the two princes There were tons of examples like this and it was maddeningAlso the writing while serviceable is not great and I found several weird errors throughout the book that could easily have been prevented with slightly better research For example Katherine of Aragon is described as having dark hair which a lot of people assume she did since she was Spanish but a uick glance at any of her portraits will tell you that her hair was red Also even I now that Edward IV s mistress was Elizabeth Shore not Jane that her hair was red Also even I now that Edward IV s mistress was Elizabeth Shore not Jane on man The other issue was the shorter chapters after the main history Jones spends a lot of time on miniscule details that are only tangentially related to the tower and only mentions in passing that a German spy was executed there in the 40s You d think that incident would warrant than two sentences I also would have appreciated much detail about the ghosts of the Tower since that place is apparently haunted af and less about Samuel Pepys hitting on showgirls Overall a very disappointing readTHIS IS A HISTORY OF ENGLAND
and not particularly recommended This was a history of the Tower of London starting fromnot particularly recommended This was a history of the Tower of London starting from time it was built by William the Conuer to the twentieth centuryIt takes you through the reigns of each of England s ings and ueens while describing how the tower was used by each monarchSome rebuilt itdemolished itlived in it and used it for war while others used it as a prison and torture chamberAlso discussed at length are the many famous prisoners that have passed through over the centuriesGossipy and biased at points I felt the book was not focused enough on the tower itself and went too much into the politics and histories of the rulers themselvesHoweverI still enjoyed it and it s worth a read for someone with an interest in British history You all Isola know that I am a history buff particularly when it comes to ancient and medieval cultures As a result it probably wouldn t be surprised to find out that I read and enjoyed this one Built by William the Conueror after becoming King of England and establishing his control over the country the Tower of London has played a major role in the governing elite in Britain since its creationWhat is amazing is the varying roles it has played Most peoplenow about it being I had high hopes for this book ever since I first saw it on the shelves of our local Barnes and Noble for 35 This being out of my price range I freuently checked for it at Better World Books hoping to score a cheap used copy Failing that it went onto my most recent Christmas wish list and this is where I found succes. Castle royal palace prison torture chamber execution site zoo mint treasure house armoury record office observatory and the most visited tourist attraction in the country the Tower of London has been all these things and No building in Britain has been intimately involved in our island's story than this mighty brooding stronghold in the very heart of the capit.