William Harrison Ainsworth: The Tower of London

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  • Stephen Carver (Fukui University)

The Tower of London is chiefly concerned with the political plots and counter-plots to gain control of England after the death of Edward VI: the nine-day reign of Lady Jane Grey, the coronation of Mary I, her marriage to Philip of Spain and the restoration of the Catholic faith in England, along with Sir Thomas Wyat's failed insurrection. The Duke of Northumberland is determined to take power through the coronation of his daughter-in-law, Jane, and to consequently make his son, Lord Guilford Dudley, the King. When this fails and Mary I is crowned while Northumberland goes to the block, Dudley's fanatical obsession to regain his former position leads to a doomed attempt at insurrection and the executions of himself and his wife. …

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Citation:
Carver, Stephen. "The Tower of London". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 July 2001
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