City of Ravens by Boria Sax
The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and its Famous Ravens

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"The tales tell that Charles the Second feared ‘Britain will fall’ if the ravens ever left the Tower of London. Yet the truth is that they arrived in Victorian times as props in gory tales for tourists. The legend began in 1944 when a raven spotted bombers over London. But the ravens’ past has far more high drama. From the plains of the North American Indians to the Arctic tundra, all the way to the Tower of London, they have been symbols of cruelty, of survival through adversity, and a loveable icon. Boria Sax shows how our attitudes to the raven and to the natural world in general have changed enormously over the centuries. By describing the distinct place of this special bird in Anglo-Saxon culture, he shows how blurred the lines between myth and history can be. This is a unique and brilliantly readable story of the entwined lives of people and animals."

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BORIA SAX is an award-winning author and lecturer. Two of his scholarly books, Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats, and the Holocaust and The Mythical Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature, have been named “outstanding academic titles of the year” by the journal Choice. His books have been translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, and Czech. Boria Sax lives in White Plains, New York. Visit
Published September 22, 2011 by Duckworth Publishing. 206 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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“. . . a valuable study [but] Professor Sax misinterprets the value the majority of British people place on the Tower Raven myth . . .”

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