manner of spectral visitants and examples of the supernatural are
to be found at the Tower of London.
The White Tower, constructed by William the Conqueror in 1078 boasts
a silent woman in white who can be seen from the outside gazing remorsefully
out of a window. Never seen from the inside of that particular room,
her perfume, nonetheless, reeks so pungently that it has caused people
to retch. The gallery containing the armour of Henry VIII is also
haunted by a malevolent presence, Guards have described upon entering
the room feeling an interminable crushing sensation and lack of air.
One actually had a black cloak thrown over his head in an attempt
to choke him, while another was spoken to directly by an unknown revenant.
Anne Boleyn and entourage have
been noted proceeding up the aisle of the Chapel Royal of St Peter
ad Vincula before vanishing by the altar. The ghosts of Edward V and
his brother Richard, the two little crown princes thought to have
been put to death by Richard III have been seen robed in their night-gowns
and holding hands when sighted in the Bloody Tower. The spectre of
Henry IV who was murdered in the Wakefield Tower on 21 May 1471 appears
there, looking sad and pale on the anniversary of his death.
Among some of the many other
chimeras, Lady Jane Grey, seen as a white shape forming itself
on the battlements, and Sir Walter Raleigh gazing out over the
ramparts have been sighted, while the screams of the 70 year old Countess
of Salisbury as she was pursued around the execution block before
being forcibly held down while many clumsy attempts were made to hack
off her head have been heard on more than one occasion,