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Passing beneath the Bloody Tower, I emerged into a lovely courtyard. The ground is higher in its center, and on that rise stands the White Tower. The White Tower is the oldest structure within the Tower grounds, and in ancient times it served as the keep. It measures about 24 by 36 yards in depth and breadth. Its height is 30 yards, and its walls are 15 feet thick. There are turrets at each corner, and a number of crenels, dating from the Norman-period, can still be seen. It was in this tower, in 1399, that the citizenry assailed Richard II with thirty three grievances and demanded his abdication. It was here that he stood before priests, nobles, soldiers, and lawyers and proclaimed his abdication to all the world. In that time Henry, the next in line for the throne, rose and made the sign of the cross over his forehead and chest. "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I, Henry, of rightful blood, with the grace of God and support of beloved compatriots, do humbly receive the crown and sovereign reign of the Kingdom of England." What became thereafter of the former king was known to but precious few. When his lifeless body was delivered from Pontefract Castle to St. Paul's Cathedral, some twenty thousand thronged in and were shocked by the emaciated contenance. According to some, Richard was accosted by eight assassins. He seized the axe of one and used it to cut him down. He then felled two more, but a single blow from behind, at the hand of Exton, proved his bitter end. Others turn to heaven and swear, "Not so. Richard refused to eat, ending his life on his own terms." In either case, his life did not end well. The history of sovereigns is a tragic one.
It's said the Walter Raleigh, during his imprisonment, penned his History of the World in one of the downstairs rooms. I tried to imagine him, in Elizabethan breeches, with silk stockings fastened at his knees, crossing his left leg over his right and tilting his head as he pushed his quill pen cross the page. I was not able, however, to visit the room.
血塔 Bloody Tower下 below; beneath抜けて pass through向 beyond; the other side出る come out; emerge奇麗な lovely; fair; pleasant広場 public square; open space; courtyard真中 middle; center少し a little; a bit高い high; built up所 place; position白塔 White Tower塔中 within the Tower古き old; ancient昔し long ago; ancient times天主 castle tower; keep; donjon竪 front-to-back二十間 12 ken (about 22 meters; about 24 yards)横 breadthwise十八間 18 ken (about 33 meters; about 36 yards)高さ height十五間 15 ken (about 27 meters, about 30 yards)壁 walls厚さ thickness一丈五尺 1 jō and 5 shaku (about 4.5 meters; about 15 feet)四方 four directions; four sides角楼 corner towers; corner turrets聳えて rise; soar所々に in placesノーマン時代 Norman period (1066-1400's)銃眼 embrasure; crenel; loophole (opening for firing from within)見える are visible; can be seen千三百九十九年 the year 1399国民 citizenry; people三十三カ条 33 articles; 33 items非 fault; flaw; failing挙げて raise; citeリチャード二世 Richard II譲位 abdication僧侶 priests; monks貴族 nobles; aristocrats武士 warriors法士 lawyers; legal counsel前 front of; before立って stand; appear彼 he; him天下 all the land; the entire nation向って turn to; face宣告した vowed; pronounced; proclaimed時 time; occasion譲り inheritance; bequest受けたる receive; take possession ofヘンリー Henry (Henry IV)起って rise; stand十字 cross額 forehead胸 chest画して draw out; mark云う say; state; pronounce父 Father子 Son聖霊 Holy Spirit名 name我れ I大英国 Kingdom of England王冠 crown; diadem御代 sovereign reign正しき proper; righteous; lawful血 blood(line); consanguinity恵み grace神 God親愛なる dear; beloved友 friends; companions援 assistance; support藉りて employ; draw on襲ぎ受く receive through succession先王 prior king; preceding king運命 destiny; fate何人 all; many (people)知る know; be privy to者 persons死骸 body; corpse; remainsポント・フラクト城 Pontefract Castle移されて was transfered; was moved (from)聖ポール寺 St. Paul's Cathedral着した arrived二万 twenty thousand群集 crowd; gathering; assembly屍 dead body繞って surround骨立せる emaciated; gaunt面影 face; countenance驚かされた were surprised; were shockedあるいは云う some say that ...; according to some ...八人 eight people; eight men刺客 assassins取り巻いた surrounded; circled; enclosed一人 one (person)手 hand斧 axe奪いて snatch away; take斬り kill using a blade; cut down二人 two (people)倒した knocked down; toppled; subduedされども however; even then thoughエクストン Exton (name of the lead assassin)背後 back(side); rear下せる bring down; unload onto一撃 one blow; single blow恨 ill will; enmity呑んで swallow; take in死なれた died; breathed one's last天 the heavens仰いで look up toあらずあらず not so断食 fasting; refusing to eat自らと of one's own volition; by one's own hand命 life根 root; source; originたたれた cut; severed帝王 sovereign歴史 history悲惨 tragedy; disaster; misfortune階下 downstairs一室 one roomオルター・ロリー Walter Raleigh (Sir Walter Raleigh; circa 1554–1618; writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer)幽囚 imprisonment際 occasion of万国史 History of the World (published in 1614)草 draft; manuscript記した wrote; penned云い伝えられて is said; is toldエリザ式 Elizabethan半ズボン short pants; breeches絹 silk靴下 socks; stockings膝頭 kneecap結んだ tied; fastened右足 right leg左り left上 top of乗せて set on; rest on鵞ペン quill pen先 tip紙 paper突いた prodded; thrust首 head; neck傾けて tilt; incline考えて consider; think; ponder想像して見た tried to imagine部屋 room事が出来なかった was not able to