Visitors to the 870-year-old Tower of London used to be fascinated by three pairs of ravens that strutted around Tower Green, where so many heads have rolled. A legend, probably the work of one of the Tower guides, has it that the ravens fed off the headsman's victims. More probably they were first attracted by the garbage dumped out of Tower windows until sanitation set in during the 19th Century. When the Tower was opened as a show place, the ravens' wings were clipped, and they also became an exhibit.

World War II introduced a croaking note of tragedy; two ravens...

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