The story of seven episodes which culminated in the Tower of London is here set forth in a style which is readable, entertaining, and informative. The lure of the Tower is admitted. Every year tourists flock to it. In this text Louise Collis goes into considerable detail, not only to convey the atmosphere of the Tower from the mid-fifteenth century--the murder of Edward V and his younger brother--to the mid-seventeenth century and the execution of the rebellious Duke of Monmouth, but to shed insight upon the events and emotional atmosphere of each affair. Beside the above mentioned prisoners, the lives and deaths of Perkin Warbeck royal impersonator, Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Guy Fawkes are portrayed. Students of English history will find this an engrossing footnote and readers with no particular historical curiosity will find here many of the ingredients of first rate adventure and romance.