Tower

An Epic History of the Tower of London

Nigel Jones

St. Martin's Griffin

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A dazzling history of the Tower of London, one of the world's busiest tourist attractions, and the people who populated it
 
 
Castle, royal palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site, zoo, mint, home to the crown jewels, armory, record office, observatory, and the most visited tourist attraction in the UK: The Tower of London has been all these things and more. No building in Britain has been more intimately involved in the island's story than this mighty, brooding stronghold in the very heart of the capital, a place which has stood at the epicenter of dramatic, bloody and frequently cruel events for almost a thousand years.
 
Now historian Nigel Jones sets this dramatic story firmly in the context of national—and international—events. In a gripping account drawn from primary sources and lavishly illustrated with sixteen pages of stunning photographs, he captures the Tower in its many changing moods and its many diverse functions. Here, for the first time, is a thematic portrayal of the Tower of London not just as an ancient structure, but as a living symbol of the nation of Great Britain.

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“Heads roll throughout Jones’ pages, frequently under the dynasty that endowed the Tower with its most sinister associations, the Tudors. . . . This is popular history well arranged and well written.” —Booklist

“Historian and journalist Jones enlightens and delights in this history of the London Tower. A historian’s history that deserves pride of place in every library.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A marvelous, authoritative, and entertaining history of England, tightly focused and richly detailed.” —Publishers Weekly


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Kirkus | TOWER by Nigel Jones
Historian and journalist Jones (<em>Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Kill Hitler<em>, 2008, etc.) enlightens and delights in this history of the London Tower.
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Nigel Jones

NIGEL JONES is a historian, journalist, and biographer, covering subjects ranging from Nazi Germany to the lives of British writers.  He has written for the Cambridge Evening News, the Press Association News Agency, and has been an editor on BBC and independent radio, as well as for History Today and BBC History magazines.

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Tower
An Epic History of the Tower of London
Nigel Jones

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250038401
ISBN10: 1250038405
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 480 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert and map endpapers
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
October 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312622961
ISBN10: 0312622961
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages, Plus one 16-page b&w photo insert and map endpapers
$35.00

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
October 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250018144
ISBN10: 1250018145
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages, Includes an endpaper map plus one 8-page b&w photo insert
$9.99
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