12 Chook Superstitions | Chook Spot



It isn’t identified when ravens have been first saved on the Tower of London, however data present they have been current on the beheading of Anne Boleyn in 1536 when “Even the ravens of the Tower sat silent and immovable on the battlements and gazed eerily on the unusual scene”.
One suggestion is that the birds have been dropped at the Tower to dramatise executions because of their affiliation with loss of life and all issues macabre.
The origins of the legend are usually not clear both. Charles II apparently disliked the ravens because of their droppings falling on his telescope and wished them moved to Greenwich Observatory which he had commissioned in 1675. In a dialog with the royal astronomer, John Flamstead:
“These ravens should go!” he stated. “However, Sire, it is rather unfortunate to kill a raven,” replied Flamstead, “In the event you try this the Tower will fall and you’ll lose your kingdom, having solely simply acquired it again!” Charles, being a pragmatist, thought for a second and stated: “The Observatory should go to Greenwich and the ravens can keep within the Tower.”
Nevertheless, Geoffrey Parnell, the official Tower of London historian, has carried out analysis which he believes exhibits that the superstition was invented rather more just lately. After The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe was revealed in 1845, Victorians grew to become fascinated with the birds and the primary captive birds have been dropped at the Tower as pets for the workers.

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