Tower of London
Fortress. Palace. Prison.
If the ravens ever leave the tower, England will fall.Tower Ravens. Because of this, steps were taken to prevent the prophecy from coming true. With only seven ravens remaining in the tower during the early twenty-first century, the Yeoman Warder, known as the Raven Master, clipped a single wing feather from each wing. The Yeoman, panicking, sought more ravens to breed for the tower. This endeavour failed, though, for a time, there were more than seven ravens. Every raven brought in would die inexplicably within a couple of weeks of being moved into the tower.
Rumours:Since its fall, there are several rumours surrounding the Tower of London . The primary rumour is that whoever, can find it and recover the Crown Jewels from within their watery tomb would rule all of England.
Now why would anyone want to rule a water-logged country they can't even place a foot on?An older lesser known rumour, claims if you could get the ravens to return to the site of the Tower of London, England would rise from the depths of the ocean to regain prominence. Though possibly the most intriguing rumour, most don't give it credence.
These are only some of the apparitions reported within the Tower of London before 2173. The ghosts of the two murdered princes, Edward V and Richard, from 1483, have been seen walking the halls of the tower, hand in hand. There was a rumour that the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn haunted the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula where her body was buried after her beheading in 1536 for adultery and treason. Another tale is of Anne Boleyn and her retinue haunting the Chapel. While on duty, a guard captain saw lights in the abandoned chapel. Pressing his face to the window, he watched knights, lords, ladies and Anne Boleyn walk towards the altar.
“[My wife looked up] and exclaimed, ‘Good God ! what is that?’ "I looked up, and saw a cylindrical figure, like a glass tube, seemingly about the thickness of my arm. [It was] hovering between the ceiling and the table: its contents appeared to be a dense fluid, white and pale azure, like… the gathering of a summer cloud, and incessantly rolling and mingling within the cylinder. "This lasted about two minutes. [Then] it began slowly to move before my sister-in-law; then, following the oblong shape of the table, before my son and myself; passing behind my wife, it paused for a moment over her right shoulder. “Instantly she crouched down, and with both hands covering her shoulder, she shrieked out, ‘Oh, Christ! it has seized me!’ “Even now, while writing, I feel the fresh horror of that moment.”It happened on a Saturday night in October, at “about the witching hour”. I was in the Jewel House (now the Martin Tower) – the “doleful prison” of Anne Boleyn. The windows were closed; the curtains were pulled over, and the room was lighted by a couple of candles. My family were seated within. Suddenly, something very odd happened.
The Tower of London was originally built in 1078 by William the Conquerer to subdue the local people of London. It was built to include the Roman walls that were still standing at the time. Over the years it has been expanded by various rulers of England, most notably Richard I, Henry III, and Edward I, who expanded the tower in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. rookery was included when the prophecy of the tower ravens was first uttered. When the majority of staff were let go, the Raven Master was kept on. This particular change was because of the prophecy. It is the Yeoman's job to ensure that the ravens cannot fly away from the tower. This was accomplished by clipping a wing feather to prevent them from flying.