7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not a towering success,
This review is from: Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London (Hardcover)
This is an entertaining romp through some of the more colourful episodes in the Tower's history. As other reviewers have said it relies heavily on secondary sources and can be very one sided. This is especially evident in the section on the Overbury case where Frances Howard is portrayed as a monster, a very different point of view is possible and was broadcast recently on BBC's Who do you think you are? in which actress Celia Imrie found out that Frances Howard was a distant relative and another side of the story of this very young woman was told.
Sometimes the author assumes that the reader knows facts that haven't yet been mentioned in the book, for example p53 "For all his devotion to his wife Elanor, Edward 1 was a vicious and relentless enemy." He has not told us about Edward's marriage or the crosses he had built to mark his wife's death, so for some readers this remark would make no sense. There are also small mistakes for instance Anne of Bohemia's funeral took place at Westminister nor Windsor as stated; Hainalt is at one point located in France and later the modern Netherlands.
So this is ok as an amuzing and rather biased look at the Tower's past, but if you are looking for facts, check them out from other sources.