City of Ravens

The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and Its Famous Ravens

By Boria Sax
Overlook Books, Hardcover, 9781590207772, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2012

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Description
The "valuable . . . charming" (Esther Woolfson) story of the mysterious Tower of London ravens Charles II feared Britain would fall if the ravens ever left the Tower of London. Yet the truth is that they arrived in Victorian times as props in gory plays for tourists. 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 have changed enormously over the centuries. By describing the distinct place of this special bird in Western 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.



About the Author
Boria Sax teaches in the college program of Sing Sing Prison in upstate New York and online for the University of Illinois Springfield. He is the author of many books, including "The Mythical Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Animals in World Myth, Legend, and Literature" and "Crow", also published by Reaktion Books. He lives in White Plains, New York.
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