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Our Island Story told through the Tower of London.
on 11 October 2011
In a sense the author has written Our Island Story through the prism of the Tower of London. Constructed shortly after the Battle of Hastings the Tower has been, throughout its lifetime, a fortress, menagerie, Royal Mint, an observatory and tourist attraction. There are a number of set pieces, such as the Peasant's Revolt and killing of the Princes in the Tower, that the author writes about with economy and flair. Similarly there are colourful and engaging cameos in the Tower's history, from the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and the Duke of Wellington.
Nigel Jones' excellent book sheds light upon both the majesty and bloody deeds of the Tower itself - and British History.