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Stars of the London Dungeon

Many people have a morbid fascination with the macabre. The London Dungeon is a tourist attraction in London, England that feeds this fascination. Since opening its doors to the public in 1974, the Dungeon has been a popular place for people to indulge in the dark side of London’s history. Here is a short history of some of the chilling Londoners who have been brought back to life in the London Dungeon:

Boudica was a Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe in 600AD. Her husband ruled his people as an ally of Rome. However, after his death Rome annexed the area where they lived, tortured Boudica and raped her daughters. Enraged by this betrayal, Queen Boudica led her people on a ferocious act of revenge upon the Romans. Boudica was a brilliant and ruthless warrior. Under her leadership, the weaker Iceni tribe managed to kill tens of thousands of Romans and drove them out of town.

Legend has it that an area in London near King’s Cross was one of the major battle grounds between the Romans and the Iceni tribe, and that Boudica was buried there. Boudica is the star attraction at the London Dungeon’s “Wicked Women” exhibit. Was she wicked or was she a hero? This exhibit invites you to decide for yourself.

Thomas Beckett
As part of the attractions in the London Dungeon, actors often dress up as ghosts that are said to haunt the nearby Tower of London, an old castle on the banks of the River Thames. Legend has it that people who died violently or unfairly at the Tower of London remain there as ghosts until today.

One of the most popular ghosts there is Thomas Beckett. Thomas Beckett was the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century. He was a close friend of King Henry II. However, the King became angry when the Archbishop would not bend religious law to the King’s will, and ordered the Archbishop to be murdered. The King’s knights attacked the Archbishop in the midst of a religious service at the Tower of London. The Archbishop bled to death on the altar. Ever since then, Thomas Beckett’s ghost has been spotted around the Tower of London, and of course, at the London Dungeon!

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morbid – relating to an interest in unpleasant subjects, like death
macabre – disturbing or horrifying because of its relation to death or torture
ally – friend or partner, usually relating to countries
annexed – made part of an area (territory) by force
betrayal – going against a promise or an understanding (contract)
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