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Tales from the Tower of London [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Diehl , Mark P Donnelly
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 of London 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 of London 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 of London a classic page turner.

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About the Author

Daniel Diehl is an author and cultural historian with many publications to his credit. Mark P. Donnelly is a writer and lecturer on medieval subjects. Together they have produced an impressive number of books and television documentary scripts. Among their television credits is Tales from the Tower shown on Channel 4 in 2002.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1607 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CJUA6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Inaccurate! 24 Sept. 2012
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As someone used to reading more highbrow history books I read this on holiday expecting a light read and this was exactly what I got. Do not expect anything too serious and demanding. However, even though the author writes in an engaging manner the sheer volume of inaccuracies is simply not acceptable. For example in the section on the execution of Anthony Babington and his fellow conspirators we have the following:

'Although hanging, drawing and quartering had been in use for centuries, because this was the first time in Elizabeth's long reign that it had been used, it is unlikely that the Queen actually understood how barbaric it was. On hearing the details of the executions and the public's horrified reaction, she ordered that the remaining eight conspirators should simply be hanged. There would never be another public dismemberment in the realm of England.'

Unfortunately, the queen knew only too well how horrific this form of public butchery was and she gave explicit orders that the traitors should be made to suffer terribly. It certainly was not the first time that it had been used in her reign as it was standard practice to execute catholic priests in this manner from 1578 onwards and this was the fate that befell the Jesuit Edmund Campion in December 1581 among many others. Again the author is wrong when he states 'that the remaining eight conspirators should simply be hanged'. There were 14 convicted traitors in this plot and the first seven were executed on the 20th September 1586 leaving the remaining SEVEN to be hung on the second day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tower's Place in History 30 Sept. 2006
This is an excellent book that covers various periods in the history of The Tower of London. The tower is usually thought of as a prison but it was built as a royal palace. The book covers stories of torture,betrayal and of course execution. It is the type of book that you can dip into and pick which particular story you want to read each chapter being complete within itself. You can pick between William the Conqueror,Jane Grey,Guy Fawkes and right through to Rudolf Hess. The book covers history from the times of medieval knights right through to the second world war. Each chapter is well written and informitive and as I have said it is a book to dip into at leisure it is not bed time reading. Overall a well written book but not "I must read the next page" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the tower of london 22 April 2014
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An interesting if short history of the tower,no doubt there are many other stories about this building,but in the main it was a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 16 Jan. 2014
By phil
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Great read full of historical fact but written in a way to prevent it becoming dull.I visited the tower just before reading this book which made it even more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 28 Jun. 2013
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Really well written, easy reading, very interesting stories with good balance to all aspects of each story, food for thought for some of the mysterious tales so enjoyed very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Tower of London 18 May 2013
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A fascinating insight into the history of this remarkable building. Any lovers of English history through the ages will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book 18 Mar. 2013
By ade
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It's more than just a book about the tower of London it gives you a brief history of Britain as it winds it's way from Norman Times up to the second world war. A great book that I found it hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History with a smile! 5 Mar. 2013
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Wish this kind of history book had been around when I was a child. Lots of smiles and shivers the dry old characters of history were vividly brought to life!
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