This book reveals the fascinating stories, dramatic events and colorful 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 color illustrations and a comprehensive and chrological 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 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 regularly appears 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 Seduction' (2013); 'Thomas Cromwell' (2014). Tracy is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.