The History of the Tower of London

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Kelly Macquire
published on 07 February 2024

Did you know that there is a legend that says as long as the ravens remain on the grounds of the Tower of London, the kingdom will endure? This video is all about the long history of the tower of London from its establishment in the 11th century, its most famous residents, and its popularity as a tourist stop today.

The Tower of London is a castle located in London alongside the River Thames which was first built by William the Conqueror from c. 1077 and significantly added to over the centuries. Often referred to in England as simply 'the Tower', it has served as a fortress, palace, prison, treasury, arsenal, and zoo.

A castle with the darkest of reputations, fallen kings, queens, and traitors were among those sent to the Tower, although surprisingly few inmates were executed within the castle's grounds. Today, it is a major tourist attraction with visitors eager to experience for themselves a place steeped in the history of England like no other, to admire the picturesque Beefeaters, and be dazzled by the fabulous Crown Jewels.



0:00​ Introduction
0:52 What is the Tower of London?
1:41 The Early Construction of the Tower
3:28 The Early Construction of the Tower
6:19 Famous Prisoners of the Tower of London
10:40 The Tower and its Guards after the Mediaeval Period
12:35 Outro

Tower of London
Walter Raleigh
Richard III of England
British Crown Jewels

King Henry VIII and His Six Wives
Elizabethan Theatre, Queen Elizabeth I, and William Shakespeare
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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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