Facts about the Tower of London

Facts about the Tower of London

Edward & Richard ~ the 'Princes in the Tower'. These two boys were, in fact Edward V (uncrowned king of England) and his younger brother Richard, the only two surviving sons of the late Edward IV. History (and the Tudors) tell us that the boys were murdered some time after 1483 while resident in the Tower of London, and give the likely culprit as their uncle, King Richard III. Historians continue to debate the issue; I point the finger at Henry VII!  From Rob.  Totally agree.

Edward & Richard ~ the 'Princes in the Tower'. These two boys were, in fact Edward V (uncrowned king of England) and his younger brother Richard, the only two surviving sons of the late Edward IV. History (and the Tudors) tell us that the boys were murdered some time after 1483 while resident in the Tower of London, and give the likely culprit as their uncle, King Richard III. Historians continue to debate the issue; I point the finger at Henry VII! From Rob. Totally agree.

Throughout its history, the Tower of London has served many purposes, including royal residence, barracks, armory, prison and museum.

Throughout its history, the Tower of London has served many purposes, including royal residence, barracks, armory, prison and museum.

Tower of London - Map, Facts, Location, Tour, Hours, Tickets, Guide

Tower of London - Map, Facts, Location, Tour, Hours, Tickets, Guide

Tower of London Infographic

Tower of London Infographic

A group of captive Common Ravens live in the Tower. of London.The group comprises at least seven individuals (six required, with a seventh in reserve). The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it."

A group of captive Common Ravens live in the Tower. of London.The group comprises at least seven individuals (six required, with a seventh in reserve). The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it."

Wakefield Tower,the site in the Tower of London where Henry VI died.According to the Historie of the arrivall of Edward IV,an official chronicle favorable to Edward IV,Henry died of melancholy on hearing news of the Battle of Tewkesbury and his son's death.It is widely suspected,however,that Edward IV,who was re-crowned the morning following Henry's death,had in fact ordered his murder.

Wakefield Tower,the site in the Tower of London where Henry VI died.According to the Historie of the arrivall of Edward IV,an official chronicle favorable to Edward IV,Henry died of melancholy on hearing news of the Battle of Tewkesbury and his son's death.It is widely suspected,however,that Edward IV,who was re-crowned the morning following Henry's death,had in fact ordered his murder.

Legend has it that the kingdom will fall if the ravens were ever to leave the Tower of London (hence their wings have been clipped....)

Legend has it that the kingdom will fall if the ravens were ever to leave the Tower of London (hence their wings have been clipped....)

Tower of London: Facts & History

Tower of London: Facts & History

For centuries the Tower of London was used to hold important prisoners. The first was Rannulf Flambard the Bishop of Durham. When an arrow in the New Forest killed William Rufus in 1100 his brother became Henry I. The new king promptly arrested the bishop for simony (selling positions in the church for money).Among Flambard’s claims to fame is the fact that he was the first person known to have escaped from the Tower of London (in 1101).

For centuries the Tower of London was used to hold important prisoners. The first was Rannulf Flambard the Bishop of Durham. When an arrow in the New Forest killed William Rufus in 1100 his brother became Henry I. The new king promptly arrested the bishop for simony (selling positions in the church for money).Among Flambard’s claims to fame is the fact that he was the first person known to have escaped from the Tower of London (in 1101).

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