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Much unpublished and little known information is presented here providing new and inspiring insights to several of the towers popular myths the book also prisoners of the tower looks at the history of the tower as a state prison including the grim reality behind its setting as a place of torture as well as the myths and images that have often shaped national history. A notorious prison and place of execution the tower of london was built as a secure fortress and a symbol of royal power b ehind the castles walls were storehouses for w eapons and the royal mint produced the nations coins it was also a royal palace with luxuriously furnished apartments and a menagerie of royal beasts. From an early stage of its history one of the functions of the tower of london has been to act as a prison though it was not designed as one the earliest known prisoner was ranulf flambard in 1100 who as bishop of durham was found guilty of extortionhe had been responsible for various improvements to the design of the tower after the first architect gundulf moved back to rochester. Prisoners of the tower the tower of london as a state prison 1100 1941 clare murphy david souden on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers prisoners of the tower the tower of london as a state prison 1100 1941. Prisoners of the tower the tower of london as a state prison 1100 1941 by ashbee jeremy dolman brett edwards s wilson david a copy that has been read but remains in excellent condition pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting but may contain a neat previous owner name the spine remains undamaged