The Queen’s House in the Tower of London (Updated with Reference to The King’s House)

The gabled Lieutenant’s Lodgings in front of the green appear incongruous against the stone bulk of the surrounding towers,  But, along with the more famous profile of the White Tower, or Traitor’s Gate, these buildings are an integral part of the history of the Tower of London.  Officially called “The Queen’s House”, it is thought that this structure was originally commissioned by Henry VIIIth for his new wife, Anne Boleyn, although the existing buildings are a remodel of the home she purportedly stayed in prior to her execution in 1536.

Much of The Lady of the Tower takes place within the Lodgings, the gardens, and the Bloody Tower, where Lucy’s protagonist, the Countess of Somerset was lodged when Lucy arrived – a most unfortunate circumstance.

FOOTNOTE – March 2024:
When this post was written, Queen Elizabeth was on the throne, and the building was referred to as The Queen’s House. A respected colleague and friend, who I can say has impeccable authority to fact check any of my work concerning the Tower of London, has recently contacted me:
“On the (sad) demise of our late Queen the name of that building changed to ‘King’s House’. When they changed the name from ‘Lieutenant’s Lodgings’ in the 1870s it was dedicated to the reigning monarch, then Victoria. Contrary to Yeoman Warder myth the name has nothing to do with Anne Boleyn, who never stayed there, but was accommodated in the royal buildings south of the White Tower that no longer exist.”

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