The Tower, The Zoo, And The Tortoise

  • Type: Books
  • By: Julia Stuart
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: DiAnne W.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780385533287
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Come to the Tower of London and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinaire…also known as Beefeaters.

This book tells the story of the inhabitants of the Tower of London--commonly known as Beefeaters. They are descended from the warders who guarded the Tower and its prisoners beginning in the early 1500s. Today, the Beefeaters show tourists around, attend many ceremonial functions for the Queen, and are required to live in the Tower, with their families. The story is about Balthazar Jones and his wife Hebe. Their marriage of nearly twenty years has undergone a steep decline since the death of their son Milo. There are several side stories involving other quirky and charming inhabitants of the Tower. A fascinating history of the Tower is provided without being dry. Fans of royalty, animals and great storytelling will enjoy.