Tower of London

A Hidden History of the Tower of London written by John Paul Davis and published by Pen and Sword Books.

Now I have to admit here and now I am a super fan of the Tower of London, just because so much went on of which we know about for fact and other events that are still not concrete. Plus if you have ever seen the videos on YouTube of ‘Billy the Beefeater’ you will understand that man can bring any story to the masses with an added tone of amusement and sarcasm. So I was really hoping to get sent this book to review and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The book goes through 20 chapters telling all that happened in periods of history from the first tower being built right up to WW2 when it received bomb damage and where Rudolph Hess was held when he flew over to the UK to negotiate a peace treaty. Included are all the famous faces of history including Henry VIII and his six wives, Henry III, Elizabeth I, Guy Fawkes, the many that were executed and so much more.

This book is very well written and researched by the author John Paul Davis, it is very comprehensively written and doesn’t waffle on around the facts, you get all the beautiful detail and facts. The book doesn’t contain many pictures or drawings, apart from the one small part in the middle of the book, but these aren’t really needed. It’s a fine book, well divided into subjects. I will say this now, this might well be the best book I’ve read so far this year. A five out of five.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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