Further reading

Further reading

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The bibliography of the Tower of London is vast, ranging from multi-volume works of exacting scholarship to romanticised and often inaccurate accounts.

The role of the Tower as a state prison and place of execution has dominated the literature to an excessive degree. The following brief list represents some of the published accounts believed to represent the history of the site most accurately, though some less-scholarly treatments are included in the general section for the sake of even-handedness.



J Bayley, The History and Antiquities of the Tower of London, volume 1 (London, 1821).

R A Brown and P E Curnow, The Tower of London (London, 1984).

J Charlton (ed),The Tower of London. Its Buildings and Institutions (London, 1978).

E Impey and G Parnell, The Tower of London. The Official Illustrated History (London, 2000).

G Parnell, The Tower of London (London, 1993).

G Parnell, The Tower of London. Past and Present (Stroud, 1998).



J Ashbee, The Tower of London and the Jewish expulsion of 1290. Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, 55 (2004), 35-37.



G T Clark, 'Some Particulars Concerning the Military Architecture of the Tower of London’ in Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Old London (London, 1867), pp 11-189.

S Thurley, Royal Lodgings at the Tower of London. 1216-1327, Architectural History, 38 (1995), pp 36-57.


R Sanderson and K Garner, Conservation of Reigate stone at Hampton Court Palace and HM Tower of London, Journal of Architectural Conservation, 7:3 (2001), 7-23.

Crown Jewels

C Blair (ed) The Crown Jewels, The History of the Coronation Regalia in the Jewel House of the Tower of London, 2 vols. (London, 1998).

T Butler, The Crown Jewels and coronation ritual, (London, 1973).

Prisoners - general works

D C Bell, Notices of the Historic Persons Buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London (London, 1877).


P Hammond, Epitome of England’s history, Royal Armouries Yearbook, 4 (1999), pp. 144-74.

G Parnell, The Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London, (Leeds, 1999).

R. Storey, The Tower of London and the Garderobae Armorum, Royal Armouries Yearbook, 3 (1998), pp 176-183.

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