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Bloody Tower

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Book information
Author Valerie Wilding
Series My Story
Publishers Scholastic UK
Publication date October 18, 2002[1] (1st)
September 7, 2009[2] (2nd)
Pages 176
ISBN 9780439981835
9781407116853
Book in series 11
Prequel
Sequel The Queen's Spies
Film
Preceded by Transported
Followed by Mayflower
"Most people call it the Bloody Tower now, because of a terrible murder that's supposed to have happened there. Father says the whole place should be called the Bloody Tower. I say that's horrible, but William says he and Father know what goes on."
Tilly Middleton[3]

Bloody Tower: The Diary of Tilly Middleton is the eleventh book in the My Story series. It was written by Valerie Wilding, her first in the series. The book was first published in October 2002 by Scholastic UK. It was republished in September 2009 as a part of the My Royal Story line.

Tilly Middleton lives at the Tower of London, where she witnesses the reigns of Lady Jane Grey and Mary I.

DedicationEdit

"For my mother–always a tower of strength"

Book descriptionEdit

"12th February, 1554
Through my roof hole I am watching the final touches being put to the scaffold on Tower Green. It is draped in black, and straw has already been strewn around the block to catch the blood. There is no axe yet. The executioner will bring that. I wonder if mother will let us watch? We usually do, on Tower Hill, but this is the first execution within the Tower walls since I was about one and a half years old. Mother says that was a double execution—a queen and her lady—and tomorrow is the twelfth anniversary of those deaths. I do not remember them, of course, but I will certainly remember this... there have been many, many deaths in other parts of the Tower—some we never hear about. This bloody Tower.
"

"Tilly lives in turbulent times. It's the 1550s; when Queen Mary ousts Lady Jane Grey to win the throne, her executioners are kept busy. Even Princess Elizabeth is imprisoned in the Tower. As Tilly watches the plots and politics of the Tudor court unfolding, she waits for her chance to deliver a very important letter..."

PlotEdit

Tilly Middleton lives in Tower of London, where her father works as a physician. He gives Tilly a diary that one of the Tower's prisoners had given him. One day, Tilly finds a letter wedged between the pages, labeled "EL" with the rest being smudged. In July 1553, the current King of England, Edward VI dies and leaves the throne to his cousin, Lady Jane Grey. She reigns for nine short days, before Edward's sister, Mary deposes her.

Jane and her husband, Guilford Dudley are imprisoned, while Mary frees many Catholics. Meanwhile, Mary and her sister, Elizabeth stay at the Tower for Mary's upcoming coronation. Now under Mary's control, England soon turns into Catholic country once again, but the new Latin services "impossible to follow" according to Tilly. Lady Jane and Guilford are eventually found guilty of treason and sentenced to death, though many think they will receive a pardon.

Mary's plans to marry a Catholic prince, Philip of Spain anger many of her subjects, including Thomas Wyatt, who starts a rebellion. Within less than a month, the uprising loses steam and Wyatts surrenders, after losing many of his supporters. No pardon arrives for Jane and they carry out the execution in February. Mary begins to suspect Elizabeth may be involved in rebellion and imprisons her at the Tower. In the meantime, Tilly makes a new friend, Frances Lea, who often causes trouble.

Celebrations are held for Mary's marriage to Philip, before Tilly's mother gives birth to twins. Tilly, busy taking care of siblings, rarely has time to write. Mary is expecting a baby, when she begins burning Protestants at the stake. However, Mary never produces an heir, after two false alarms. On November 18, 1558, Mary dies and leaves the throne to Elizabeth. She is staying at the Tower, when a page asks Tilly for her father's apprentice. Tilly instead seizes the moment to deliver the letter to Elizabeth, who declares Tilly a "faithful subject."

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of Bloody Tower characters

AuthorEdit

Main article: Valerie Wilding

Valerie Wilding is a children's author. She is the author of six books for the My Story series, including The Queen's Spies, Road to War, Highway Girl, No Way Back, and Wartime Princess. The Queen's Spies is a sequel to Bloody Tower.

EditionsEdit

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See alsoEdit



v - e - dMy Story (UK)
Girls

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Mill Girl | Transported | Bloody Tower | Mayflower | Suffragette | Slave Girl
Anne Boleyn and Me | Victorian Workhouse | War Nurse | The Queen's Spies | Princess of Egypt | Pompeii
Road to War | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War | The Fall of the Blade | Factory Girl | No Way Back
Wartime Princess | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run | Codename Céline

Boys

Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Armada | Crimea | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Agincourt | Waterloo
Flying Ace | D-Day | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | U-Boat Hunter | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | The Sweep's Boy
The Storm to Come | Pyramid of Secrets

My Royal Story

Egyptian Princess | Bloody Tower | Victoria | Anastasia | Anne Boleyn and Me | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth
Mary, Queen of Scots | Catherine of Aragon | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote! | Dodger!

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