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By Peter Ackroyd

“An impressive e-book . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the main gifted and prolific author operating in Britain today.” —Daily Express (UK)

In Foundation, acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic tale of britain itself. he is taking us from the primeval forests of England’s prehistory to the dying, in 1509, of the 1st Tudor king, Henry VII. He publications us from the development of Stonehenge to the founding of the 2 nice glories of medieval England: universal legislation and the cathedrals. He describes the successive waves of invaders who made England English, regardless of being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

            along with his amazing ability for evoking time and position and his acute eye for the telling element, Ackroyd recounts the tale of warring kings, of civil strife, and international wars. yet he additionally provides us a bright feel of ways England’s early humans lived: the houses they outfitted, the garments they wore, the nutrition they ate, even the jokes they instructed. All are dropped at lifestyles in the course of the narrative mastery of 1 of Britain’s best writers.

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The last reference to a leopard in the royal accounts comes in 1240. In March that year, however, another big cat arrived at the Tower: a real, royal lion. The royal archives record that one William (probably the same William de Botton who had looked after the leopards), ‘the keeper of the King’s Lion, [is] to have 14 shillings that he expended in buying chains and other things for the use of the Lion’. In 1251, Henry decided to move all the animals in Henry I’s Woodstock menagerie to the Tower.

South of the White Tower, a gaggle of smaller buildings sprang up to serve Gundulf’s great structure. These, the first of many additions and extensions added to the original keep across the centuries, were temporary structures not designed to last. There were stables, blacksmiths’ forges, stores for building materials, chicken coops and pigsties. Before he died, Gundulf oversaw the building of a high curtain wall guarding the Tower on its southern, river side, and the first of many smaller towers girding the great central keep.

To boost the depleted numbers, King James II had several creatures transferred from his private collection in St James’s Park to the Tower in 1687. But even though gone, the dead lions were not quite forgotten. Two were stuffed and kept on permanent display.

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