The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Review

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. 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 responsibility for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass falls to one man: 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. The Ravenmaster is a compelling, inspiring and irreverent story that will delight and surprise anyone with an interest in British history or animal behaviour.

 

Title:The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

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  • Diane S ?

    I found every aspect of this book incredibly well done. From the personal tone it is written in, to all the interesting information it imparts. We get to know the Ravenmaster, his time in the military...

  • K.J. Charles

    I vividly remember the day of Brexit. Nobody knew what the hell was going on and the pound fell off a cliff and we saw the leading Brexiteers looking nauseous and terrified as they realised their acti...

  • Trish

    I've been a fan of ravens for a long time and always detested their bad reputation thanks to silly old superstitions that seem to mostly derive from their physical appearance and the fact that they ar...

  • Olive (abookolive)

    I was completely charmed by this book. Coming off of two decades of military service, Skaife applies and eventually gets a position as a Yeomen Warder at the historical Tower of London. He now has the...

  • Trish

    Some might have already seen my review for this book.As mentioned before, this edition here is actually the one I wanted because the cover is much more beautiful, showing raven Merlina as well as the ...

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Ravenmasterby Christopher SkaifeThis is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is one of the best non-fiction books I have read this year. I enjoyed everything about this book! ...

  • Bettie?

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  • Raven

    Grab yourself a cuppa, perhaps a couple of chocolate biscuits, and relax into the company of The Ravenmaster, Mr Christopher Skaife. I absolutely loved the conversational feel of this fascinating and ...

  • Billie

    Narrated by the author, with whom I now want to hang out and have a drink....

  • Nostalgia Reader

    4.5 stars.This will be a very brief review, not for lack of interest in the book, but rather because it was relatively short itself.Skaife is a delightful storyteller, and this memoir weaves the perfe...