The Story of the Tower of London by Tracy BormanThe Story of the Tower of London by Tracy Borman

The Story of the Tower of London

byTracy Borman

Hardcover | July 7, 2015

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This book reveals the fascinating stories, dramatic events and colourful characters that make up the Tower of London’s remarkably long and varied history. Written from a social perspective, it presents a fresh appraisal of this world-famous site and sets it apart from any other available book. It offers a comprehensive history of the fortress, from its Roman origins right up to the present day. With over 200 colour illustrations and a comprehensive and chronological narrative divided into thematic chapters, it conveys brilliantly the many and varied stories which make up the Tower’s history – from the menagerie and royal mint to the roll call of its famous prisoners.

The story of the Tower of London is, in many respects, the story of England. When building work began on the fortress, the capital was little more than a small town with no more than 10,000 inhabitants. Almost 1,000 years later, the fortress still stands as a symbol of royal power, pomp and ceremony, tradition, heritage, military might, treachery and torture. Its myriad roles are reflected in the complex series of buildings that make up this formidable, magnificent fortress – an iconic site that still attracts millions of visitors from across the world each year.
Tracy Borman is an acclaimed author and historian who has regularly appeared on television and radio. Her books include ‘Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant’ (2007); ‘Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen’ (2009); ‘Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror (2011); ‘Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seductio...
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Title:The Story of the Tower of LondonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 10.25 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Merrell Publishers, LTDLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1858946336

ISBN - 13:9781858946337

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from First read of Gregory books I picked this book up because it looked interesting. I liked the subject matter, the fact that there was a family tree to follow the royal lines was helpful and the separate stores of the 3 Grey sisters was different. I found it repetitive in some areas but overall I liked the book and will read more from the series.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Depressing I thought that this book was very drawn out and very depressing. Maybe this is just not my era.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful As always, she writes as though shes there, makes you feel as though you are a fly on the wall she is rich with her knowledge of the history in these books, a wonderful read
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. I always love her books. You get caught up in the story that you forget the time .
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay it was pretty good, although there were some problems with it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read I liked the perspectives of this book on Elizabeth's reign. Considering the length of the book it was a quick read.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good This was another fascinating Tudor historical fiction, this one about the Grey sisters. The Grey sisters are the granddaughters of King Henry VIII's younger sister, Mary. Upon King Edward's death, and per his will, the Protestant reformers put Jane Grey on the throne instead of Edward's sister, Mary Tudor. Queen Jane Grey ruled for only 9 days when Mary's followers managed to remove Jane and put Mary on the throne. I knew the story of Jane Grey, sort of. Not the entire story, and nothing of her two sisters, Katherine and Mary. Philippa Gregory gives us an account of the three sisters. I had no idea that both Katherine and Mary Grey were also eventually imprisoned. I found the story fascinating and would read this book any chance I had. Yes, most of the book is fiction, but the major events are true. Philippa explains that this book will be the last of the Tudor books, which saddens me. Because of her, I've become a bit Tudor obsessed.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good but ... I'm trying to find a compliment but I'm having a hard time off the bat so I'll list the negatives first. I feel like she has WAY overdone the Tudor era. She's overlapping the characters and storylines so that there are inconsistencies of characters etc and it just feels over padded because history is so big and she's focused all her time on such a short span. Not to say that I don't like the Tudors I love them but I'm exhausted by her attention to them. None of the characters were likable. She preaches about being a feminist but I do not have this sense here. All the characters are vain, self righteous, arrogant, vindictive ... I could go on. And she seems to despise Elizabeth in a passion. This almost seemed like an excuse just for her to show how unloved she was. All three of the main characters go on about how they hate Elizabeth and how much more they deserve to be on the throne then her. Calling her a whore and petty and all assortments of insults while saying they much more deserve to be Queen. No one cares. Or I don't care. Henry VIII said that his children were in line for the throne THEN you guys. You're not princesses. Your Princess Mother married a Noble who gave birth to a noble who married a noble and had noble children. And your father was executed for Treason so don't go on about Robert being the son of a Treasonous man because he did the same. I was often uncomfortable with Mary's husband saying that he was in love with her since she was a child of ten and cradling her like a child. That felt uncomfortable. She also likes to repeat herself six times in a sentence. "My husband is dead. My dead husband the dead husband has died 10 years after we were married, dead husband." We get it ugh. Glad this is the hopefully last book she'll write on the Tudors and that we can move on from this period that she seems to like to criticize and debase. Especially Elizabeth. In the vein of Britney's biggest fan "LEAVE ELIZABETH ALONE!"
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vivid potrail I have read a lot of books on Anne Boleyn and mainly written by Phillipa Gregory. I believe that I read this book and got a better understanding of how Anne really felt as this falls more into the historical timeline.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as True Wife I didn't like it as much as her Katherine of Aragon version. I liked that she portrayed Henry as unattractive and that he was sexually harassing her and that it wasn't her pursing him for ambition. Because this is probably closer to what really happened. And it was nice to actually read about her years in France and that because that is often glossed over. With that said I did have issues. I didn't like the frequent use of rape. That Mary was raped by the King of France then England then her mistress was raped and her brother was raped. Mary being forced into those relationships makes sense but it came off as too much. Especially when her brother was doing it because she essentially brushed it off. I hate what he did but I love him. And then George murdering the Queen. Why was that necessary? She was old and stressed and in poor living conditions so why mess that up by insisting she was murdered? It felt unnecessary. And when Henry and Anne became engaged I found Anne very unlikable with how arrogant and rude she became. It was like the story was separate from the character in that I never followed her ambitions or felt her anxieties. She just said things because they were historically accurate but it didn't fit with how she'd developed. Especially with Norris. Why taunt him about looking for Dead Man's Shoes when their "relationship" was so precarious? And that she didn't love Elizabeth. All these changes appeared to make her more unlikable and it is unfortunate because I love her so much as an individual and this book left a bad taste in my mouth.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I'm a fan of Tracy Borman, her documentary appearances are always interesting and she has a great grasp of the era. I loved this book - it delves into the background of the Tudor age and presents itself with authority and competence. She's just an all-around great historian!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good All of her books are amazing, and this one looks like it will be another great one.
Date published: 2017-05-25