Thursday, October 23, 2008

London- The Last Day 10/23/08

Our last day in London was a very busy one! We started off doing some Telly...
Here I am with Daniel Craig (the new James Bond), Grace Jones, and of course, my pal, Tony.

And here we are with Boy George... I sure get around, don't I?

Afterwards, the girls brought me on an outing... As usual, I kept a close eye on Sally for any sign of her shenanigans.


I watched her take a photo of Tower Bridge...

Here she is by a Roman wall built around the ancient city of Londinium. There are a few wall remnants left...
This is all that remains of one of the ancient gates to London. It's amazing!


But, here I am at last, back at The Tower of London. Ready to exact my revenge on Sally...

In order to fit in with the area, the girls bought me this suit of armor.

I visited the White Tower, originally built in 1080 AD by William the Conqueror.

Here is his suit of armor...

This suit belonged to King Henry VIII. Um, looks like this guy had some problemos, if you know what I mean?

Here are some weapons. Look at the second one, it's called the Spanish Morning Star. That would hurt!

These were projectiles used by the Spanish Armada!

Here is the chopping block and axe that was used to behead the Earl of Essex, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth who was found guilty of treason.

Step a little closer, Sally. Would you like to lay your head down for a minute, you look tired...

This chapel in the White Tower dates from 1120 and is called St. John's Chapel.

A change of outfit and I am back outside helping the guards...

But then Sally bought me this outfit, I was a little concerned but I didn't want to make her mad...

Here is the spot where Ann Boleyn was beheaded...

On to the Bloody Tower, where Sir Walter Raleigh was held for 13 years. He made his cell more comfortable for himself and his family who stayed in the Tower with him.

While imprisoned, he wrote The History of the World. Here is a one of the first copies ever printed.
We checked out the exhibit about the two young princes who it is believed were murdered in the Bloody Tower by Richard III in 1483. They stood between him and the English throne, so they "disappeared" and were never seen again. In 1674, the skeletal remains of two young boys were found buried under a staircase in the White Tower. It is believed that they are the remains of the young prices. A very sad story which gave the Tower it's name.

But, the really scary part was the Torture Chamber!

This is the Scavenger's Daughter, a device that was clamped on a kneeling prisioner causing immense pain and suffering. Now, where did Sally get to?

Ah ha! The Rack! Sally is short, so this might actually help her...

Prisoners were hung by their wrists with these Manacles... Oh Sally, come here my dear!

Step right this way, dear Sally, I have something fun to show you...



10 comments:

Found art blog said...

You look terrific in your suit of armour!!!

ptb said...

I'm really pleased you had such a good trip to London, however you wrote something I have to challenge....

We checked out the exhibit about the two young princes who it is believed were murdered in the Bloody Tower by Richard III in 1483. They stood between him and the English throne, so they "disappeared" and were never seen again. In 1674, the skeletal remains of two young boys were found buried under a staircase in the White Tower. It is believed that they are the remains of the young prices. A very sad story which gave the Tower it's name.

My response.
The Bloody Tower did not get it's name from the "murder of the princes' as they were never housed in that particular tower. Also nobody knows what happened to them, and there is little evidence that Richard had anything to do with their fate. Richard was asked to take the throne by both houses of Parliament when the children of his brother Edward IV were declared illegitimate. The boys became irrelevant and there was no need for Richard to get rid of them. Many others did however have a motive to kill them, particularly the man who succeeded him after an act of betrayal and treason on the battlefield, Henry VII and his mother.

The bones they found have never even been sexed or carbon dated. They could well be the remains of a Roman girl!

The hunchbacked monster, murdering his way to the throne is an invention of the Tudor historians and Shakespeare.

The thing I don't like about the Tudor historians is that they denigrate Richard as evil beyond belief but praise Tudor who WAS a definite usurper as the Saviour of the Country!!!!!!!!

Richard was definitely NOT a usurper but was requested by the Powers That Be to take the Throne and had the best attended Coronation in living memory, jointly with his beloved wife, Anne. Tudor , on the other hand, did not have a well attended Coronation and had to be coerced many, many months later to have his wife, Elizabeth of York - beloved of the Country as Tudor could never be - crowned in her own right.!

Tudor's unbelievably underhanded deviousness in dating his reign the day BEFORE Bosworth battle is praised while rumours of Richard's 'wrongdoings' are taken as gospel!

In view of the fact that Richard's body was so terribly desecrated after bravely attempting to kill the usurper so that no more Englishmen died on the battlefield, I take little joy in the truth that, for the rest of his life Tudor had to look over his shoulder to keep himself safe and that his careful saving of the money that he stole from his heavily oppressed citizens was so blithely squandered by his son, the woman killing Henry VIII - yet another Hero!.

I give here, an excerpt from a recent letter a friend of mine sent to a national paper.

"For those who do not know, Richard III did not murder women (unlike Henry VIII), did not indulge in financial extortion (unlike his brother, Edward IV) did not promise pardon and safe conduct, only to renege on his promise - or behead someone simply for using the word "if" (unlike Henry VII), neither did he indulge in religious persecution, burn people at the stake, or violate sanctuary (unlike kings before and after him). Oh, and by the way, he did not murder his nephews as rumours , - to say nothing of his very, very possible nephew - Richard, Duke of York aka Perkin Warbeck).

If Richard was such a monster and tyrant, why did the mayor and council of York risk their lives in Tudor's England by writing in their records that - 'Richard, late mercifully reigning over us -- was pitifully slain and murdered -- to the great heaviness of this city'

Did people really write such eulogies to tyrants. I think not!
In contrast, there was in the main, general rejoicing over the death of the hated Tudor Henry VII.
Little did they know what lay ahead!!

Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary said...

Thanks for the info! I listened to the guides, but it sounds like you know alot more than I do! I'll do alittle more research next time...

Toodle- Loo!
Traveler

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