City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and Its Famous Ravens (Hardcover)

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

By Boria Sax

Overlook Press, 9781590207772, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2012

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Description

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 is an award-winning author and lecturer. Two of his scholarly books, "IAnimals 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 boriasax.com
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