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Boria Sax holds a PhD in Intellectual History and German and has received numerous awards for his articles on the relationship between humans and the natural world, including the 2010 Einstein-DeLacy Award.
His previous books have been translated into eight languages. Boria Sax is also the founder of the organisation Nature in Legend and Story. He lives in White Plains, New York.
City of Ravens
London, the Tower and its Famous Birds
‘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.
’ Professor 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
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.