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    Camilla Toulmin Crosland
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1880 Subjects: London (England) Fiction / Classics Literary Collections / General Literary Criticism / General Travel / Europe / General Travel / Europe / Great Britain Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: 103 THE TOWER. N" old writer, famous for his learning and his wit, says in allusion to the Pyramids of Egypt that " they are so old they have forgotten their founder :" and a similar remark may justly be applied to the Tower of London. Authentic history goes back eight hundred years to the days of William the Conqueror, in whose reign without doubt great additions were made to the Tower: but tradition assigns to it a more hoary antiquity, and many old chronicles give to Julius Csesar the credit of the first erection. What food for the imagination there is in the conquest of England by the Eomans ! In reading of itwe want to know so much more than historian has ever told, and we go on questioning the dumb evidences which remain till they seem almost to find a tongue ! The probability is that the Eomans did dig the deep foundations of the building, and did erect a strong fortress, that might prove if need be a citadel of defence, and a vantage ground to protect the water way of the Thames. To this may have been added the most important parts of the Tower, mainly from the designs of the Norman monk Gundulf, in the eleventh century: and under the direction of King Henry the Third in the thirteenth century. On both occasions the work was very costly and the people grumbled at the taxes which were levied to meet the expense. But William the Conqueror was not much concerned at impotent discontent, and Henry the Third had so much the passion...  
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