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For years every English school child and every visiting tourist has been told about the ravens at the Tower of London. According to a centuries-old #.1._____, the monarchy will fall if the birds #.2. _____. It is said that King Charles II wanted to shoo off a bunch of noisy ravens but was warned that it might bring ill luck. Since then, as the story #.3. _____, at least six ravens have been kept in residence.
In 2004 an official Tower historian revealed that the first record of ravens #.4. _____ at the Tower dates back only to 1895. It turned out that the Victorians #.5. _____ the whole story. The birds might have been kept as pets by the staff who were fans of the hugely popular poem,
The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. The ravens apparently know nothing about it and are still treated like royalty by their ‘raven master’. No wonder they still strut about the place #.6. ____ they owned it.
adapted from London by Sarah Johnstone & Tom Masters