During the Wars of the Roses the Tower was used for tournaments and victory parties, as well as becoming a dreaded place of imprisonment, torture and murder, most famously of the young King Edward 5th and his brother in 1483.
As they lived in the Garden Tower they become known as the ‘Princes in the Tower’ renamed the Bloody Tower after their alleged suffocation there.
The reign of Henry 8th is famous for his ill treatment of his wives. Ann Boleyn lived in a royal residence there, only to be executed on Tower Green when she fell out of favour. In 1605, Guy Fawkes was tortured in the Tower after the failure of the plot to blow up Parliament, and it wasn’t until 1780 that the last hangings took place there. Today there is an interactive exhibition in the Tower about the treatment of prisoners, most of whom were suspected of being important enemies of the State.