prisoner of state

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The dungeon where Rosa had induced her father to hide himself, and where for the present we must leave the two, offered to them a perfectly safe retreat, being known only to those in power, who used to place there important prisoners of state, to guard against a rescue or a revolt.
It was one of those famous cages of prisoners of state, which were called "the little daughters of the king.
The stories of lesser known prisoners, including the Tower's first incumbent who escaped in 1100 and prisoners of state, to 20th-century prisoners of war, are told in this new exhibition, which also explores the experiences of famous prisoners such as Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn, Rudolf Hess and Josef Jakobs, through personal possessions, models and artefacts.