The White Tower


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Edited by Edward Impey

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The White Tower—the gigantic structure at the heart of the building complex known as the Tower of London—gave that famed landmark its name. One of the most celebrated buildings of the London cityscape for nearly 1000 years, it is also the most complete eleventh-century palace in Europe.


This book is a complete architectural, archaeological and historical study of White Tower and its context.  Edward Impey and other distinguished experts integrate the most recent archaeological evidence with documentary research in order to trace the building’s structural development, its original and subsequent functions, and its architectural and historical significance. The book will be an important resource for scholars of European Romanesque castle architecture.


Edward Impey is an Executive Board Director of English Heritage and was formerly Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the body responsible for the care and display of the five palaces no longer occupied by the royal family.

“Every book on English castles gives prominence to the White Tower … but until now there were few certainties about its origins and antecedents … That changes with this scholarly and rather gorgeous publication … [The White Tower] is a building of the utmost importance, and all contributors to this study should take enormous pride in having established this so clearly, and so attractively, once and for all.” - Paul Stamper, British Archaeology

Shortlisted for the 2009 William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History, presented by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal
ISBN: 9780300112931
Publication Date: January 20, 2009
406 pages, 9.75 x 12.25