City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, its 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 has been awarded numerous awards for his books and articles on human-animal relations. He has been a human rights activist and the founder of the organization Nature in Legend and Story. He teaches at Sing Sing prison and online.

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"...we now have a fabulous little book City of Ravens by Boria Sax to keep us thinking. This extended essay tells the story of the ravens at the Tower in an enjoyable and often exciting manner."
Beachcombing's Bizzare History Blog, Oct. 31, 2011

"In City of Ravens, a leading scholar of human-animal interactions documents how the Tower of London ravens were morphed from demons to idols.... This fascinating and eminently readable story is a wonderful case study of the entwined lives of people and animals." Hal Herzog, Author, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

"Boria Sax traces the history of the ravens in the Tower of London, with accurate scholarship and engaging stories. Sax ... reveals both the symbolic power and the true magic of the Tower Ravens today."
John Marzluff, author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens.

With the greatest sympathy and erudition, this book examines the human need for myths, tracing through time the history of the origins of Raven myths, exploring as it does so, the timeless, intimate relationship between man and this most intelligent and resourceful of corvids.
Esther Woolfson, Author, Corvus

"City of Ravens is a wonderful contribution to the modern history and mythology of one of the world's greatest cities: but also one to the understanding of myth itself, and of the changing relationship between humans and animals."
Ronald Hutton, Commissioner of English Heritage

“Boria Sax is a likeable Writer...and his diligent research has not only illuminated the origins of one of Britain’s most famous myths, but also amply demonstrated ravens’ ‘uncanny ability not only to summon old tales but to constantly generate new ones.’”
Times Literary Supplement, Feb. 27, 2012

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