“Conscience is but a word that cowards use”

At least according to legend, on February 18th, 1478, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later went on to become Richard III, ordered the death in the Tower of London of his brother George, Duke of Clarence – by drowning in  a butt of Malmsey wine.

This was only one of a series of chilling politically motivated murders in the Tower during the Wars of the Roses – in forgotten dreadful cubicles behind  great  locked doors.

The Tower is visited, although not entered,  on our  “London Wall” and “Tower to Temple” standard walks, and on our  “Medieval London”, “Tudor and Stuart London” and “Lost City Highlights” themed specials.

Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, by e-mail (lostcityoflondon@sky.com), or by phone (020-8998-3051).

 

3 thoughts on ““Conscience is but a word that cowards use”

  1. jrlarner

    You say: ‘At least according to legend, on February 18th, 1478, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who later went on to become Richard III, ordered the death in the Tower of London of his brother George, Duke of Clarence – by drowning in a butt of Malmsey wine.’ Do you mean ‘according to false propaganda’ or ‘according to fiction’? Because it is absolutely impossible that Richard could have ‘ordered’ George’s death, nor is there one iota of evidence for it. Edward IV was king and HE decreed his brother George had to die. Richard would have had nothing whatever to do with it. In fact it was reported by Dominic Mancini that he ‘… was so overcome with grief for his brother … that he was overheard to say he would one day avenge his brother’s death’.

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  2. rafterd1972

    I have just finished another of the many books I have read and enjoyed dealing with this particular topic. “The Royal Mistress” by Anne Easter Smith. Difficult times for all.

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