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The Tower of London
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Title: The Tower of London
Release Date: 2018-11-11
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The Tower of London.

From a MS. of the Poems of Charles, Duke of Orleans.
British Museum
, 16 F. II.


THE
TOWER OF LONDON

By
WILLIAM BENHAM, D.D., F.S.A.
Rector of St. Edmund the King, Lombard Street,
and Honorary Canon of Canterbury

LONDON
SEELEY AND CO. LIMITED, GREAT RUSSELL STREET
New York: E. P. DUTTON & CO.
1906


To
LIEUTENANT-GENERAL
SIR GEORGE BRYAN MILMAN, K.C.B.
MAJOR OF THE TOWER,

THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT OF THE NOBLE FORTRESS,
OF WHICH HE IS SO EARNEST AND ENTHUSIASTIC A GUARDIAN,

is Dedicated

IN TOKEN OF DEEP RESPECT FOR HIS NAME AND WORK,
AS WELL AS IN GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGMENT
OF THE HELP WHICH HE HAS GIVEN ME
IN THIS LABOUR OF LOVE.


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CONTENTS

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CHAPTER I.
Early History  1
CHAPTER II.
General Survey of the Buildings 13
CHAPTER III.
In the Days of the Later Plantagenets   24
CHAPTER IV.
In the Time of the Tudor Kings 38
CHAPTER V.
The Tudor Queens 52
CHAPTER VI.
The Stuarts 68
CHAPTER VII.
The House of Hanover 92

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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PRINTED IN COLOURS FROM ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS

The Tower of London. From a MS. of the Poems of Charles,

Duke of Orleans. (British Museum, 16 F. ii.) Frontispiece
Assault on a Fortress. From a MS. of Boccaccio de Casibus  
Virorum et Fœminarum Illustrium. (British Museum, 35321) 26
Artillery of the Fifteenth Century. From a MS. of the  
Chronicles of England. (British Museum, 14 E. iv.) 34
A Tournament. From a MS. of the Romance of the  
Sire Jehan de Saintré. (British Museum, Nero D. ix.) 42

OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS
1. South Aisle of St. John’s Chapel. From a Drawing by  
  J. Wykeham Archer. (British Museum)  8
2. Building a Gateway. From a MS. of Le Trésor des  
  Histoires. (British Museum, Aug. A. v.)  8
3. Men-at-arms Crossing a Drawbridge. From a MS. of  
  Les Chroniques d’Angleterre. (British Museum, 14 E. iv.)  8
4. Staircase of the White Tower. From a Drawing by  
  J. Wykeham Archer. (British Museum)  8
5. Indian Elephant and Rhinoceros brought over in 1686.  
  From a Mezzotint by P. Vander Berge. (Gardner Collection)  8
6. Lions’ Dens in the Tower. From a Drawing made in 1779.  
  (Gardner Collection)  8
7. The Tower, showing the East Outer Ballium. From a  
  Drawing by H. Hodge. (Gardner Collection) 16
8. The Salt Tower, and Part of the Ancient Ballium.  
  From a Drawing by J. Wykeham Archer. (British Museum) 16
9. The Prisoners’ Walk. From a Drawing by C. J. Richardson.  
  (Gardner Collection) 16
10. The Wakefield Tower. From a Drawing by C. Tomkins.  
  (British Museum) 16
11. Traitors’ Gate, from without. From a Drawing by C. Tomkins.  
  (Gardner Collection) 16
12. Traitors’ Gate, from within. From an old Engraving 16[Pg viii]
13. Banquet given by Richard II. From a MS. of the  
  Chronicles of England. (British Museum, 14 E. iv.) 24
14. An Act of Arms before the King and Queen. From a MS. of the  
  Romance of Sire Jehan de Saintré. (British Museum, Nero D. ix.) 24
15. Gateway of the Bloody Tower. From an Engraving by  
  F. Nash, 1821 24
16. Queen in a Horse Litter, attended by her Ladies on Horseback.  
  From a MS. of Froissart’s Chronicles. (British Museum, 18 E. ii.) 24
17. Vaulted Room in the Crypt of the White Tower, in which the Rack stood.  
  From a Drawing in the Gardner Collection 40
18. A Cell in the Bloody Tower. From a Drawing by  
  J. Wykeham Archer. (British Museum) 40
19. The Privy Council Chamber in the Lieutenant’s Lodging.  
  From a Drawing by P.
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