No news to anyone but castles were the things I was most interested in seeing while I was in the UK. The Tower of London being absolutely something I was looking forward to. Today was the day that we fulfilled that wish. We took a City Cruise boat from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier, cruising down the River Thames, under a few bridges before stopping at Tower Bridge and docking at the Tower of London.
The first thing I saw evoked all the feels. While the boat was slowly making its way to dock, we literally were pulled up beside the shore where the outside of Traitors’ Gate sat. Way back when, criminals and prisoners were brought down the River Thames, taking the same route we just had, from the Parliament buildings down to the Tower where they were kept for torture or execution. They arrived by boat to Traitors’ Gate where they came in under the arch and were brought into the fortress – dragged to the White Tower.
Some of the books I enjoy reading are by an author named Philippa Gregory, specifically about the Tudor dynasty. As such, I do a lot of reading and research about King Henry VIII and his wives. The most well known perhaps is that of Anne Boleyn, who was brought to the Tower of London, the same way described above, and eventually beheaded. Today, I stood at the exact same spot where Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Jane Boelyn, and Jane Grey all lost their lives. Creepy? Yes. But I felt more standing at that spot than in any church pew.