what is some information on the military importance of The Tower of London pre 1500's,with refernce sources, please?
Specifically I want to defend the Tower of London as the symbol of power for the English monarchy.
Arnold Taylor writes extremly well on the subject, also there is a book called "The tower of london: an illustrated history" by Impey & Parnell that is also very readable.
When making your argument here are some things to think about: Remember the tower of london is one of many extremly large castles Edward I built, including many in wales. How is it any more a symbol of power than them?
Also think about the purpose of a castle, by definition they are both defensive and residential. What is it about the tower of London that is so impressive, the inside or the outside. Which is more important?
Landscape is important to castles (see works by Oliver Creighton) how does the landscape around the Tower of london show it as a royal power center?