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The Tower Of London Essay

992 words - 4 pages

The Tower of London, in central London, has a gloomy past. There was bloodshed, ghosts, wars, imprisonment, torture, and jewels. The Towers past maybe dark and gloomy but the history surrounding it is fascinating.
The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress (Jarus). William the Conqueror created the first fortifications after the conquest of London in A.D. 1066 (Jarus). The Tower of London is not just one large tower; it is made up of 13 structures on the inside of the fortress, and 6 structures on the outside (McGillick). The entire fortress stretches across 12 acres of land (Jarus). On the outside of the Tower of London there is a large ditch and palisade on the north and ...view middle of the document...

In 1508 a new jewel house was build on the south side of the White Tower (Jarus). The oldest piece of treasure held at the jewel house is a 12th century golden spoon (Jarus). This golden spoon was used to anoint the Sovereign with holy oil (Jarus).
With such a fortified fortress who are the guards that run the palace? The Guards that roam this large fortress are called Beefeaters(Jarus). Their official name is bearded Yeoman Warders (Jarus). Beefeaters were first mentioned about 500 years ago (Jarus). The guards made money from showing visitors around the grounds and also if people rented the grounds (Jarus). The guards made money that way up until 1826 when the Duke of Wellington, head of the tower during that time, ordered that the guards be non-commissioned and be recommended by their regiments (Jarus). The Beefeaters still made money on post cards though up until 1923 when that privilege was taken away from them (Jarus).
The Tower of London has been used as a prison that held people anywhere from famous to prisoners of war. One of the more famous people in the prison was Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes was charged with trying to blow up the House of Lords (Jarus). The King Authorized for Guy Fawkes to be tortured in hopes of him giving up his accomplices (Jarus). The King said for gentler methods of torture to be used first and progressively get worse if he didn’t co-operate. The way they tortured him was using a tactic called the manacles. They had Guy step up on a stool put manacles on his wrists and secured those to a bar above his head. The step was then pulled out from under him and he was left to dangle in the air by his wrists and manacles (Jarus).
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