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The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife: Bookmark in Spalding's Book of the Week

For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens.

Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones themselves.

But their role is even more important than that – legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom.

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife.
The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife.

One man is responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass – the Ravenmaster.

The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife, and in this fascinating, entertaining and touching book he memorably describes the ravens’ formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies and their occasionally wicked sense of humour.

Here, he shares the folklore, history and superstitions surrounding both the birds and their home.

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife (RRP £9.99) is available from Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, at £7.99. There's a further 20% discount with the voucher in this week's Spalding Guardian (on sale until Wednesday, October 2).

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