How Ravens Came to the Tower of London
This article examines the few known references, both graphic and textual, to the Tower Ravens through 1906. It concludes that the ravens were originally brought in to dramatize the alleged site of executions at the Tower. Although not accorded great signiﬁcance at ﬁrst, legends that would eventually make the ravens mascots of Britain began outside of the Tower.
Still kicking myself that we didn’t actually take the Tower of London tour a couple of years ago. We just milled about the grounds and shared a 99 Flake.
I live for these birds!
Anyway, I beseech you to click through and read this scholarly article and also there is a video.