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Did they use ravens to send messages in medieval Europe?

#1Kinny100Posted 10/25/2011 3:09:44 AM
like they do in Game of Thrones?
#2Abyssmal FiendPosted 10/25/2011 3:40:17 AM
Birds have been used to convey messages throughout history. In the Franco-Prussian War, for instance, the (besieged) Parisians employed carrier pigeons -- and the German employed hawks to hunt them. They were also employed rather extensively during WWI and, notably less so, into the modern era (by civilian organizations). There's off-again, on-again evidence to indicate they were used by the Babylonians and another dozen major cultures throughout history. The probabilities are good that they were used, but I'd say couriers were far more important.

Ravens themselves, though? No. That's Martin being fanciful. Ravens were used as symbolic messengers (Shakespeare was fond of this), but I'm not aware of any instances where they were used to convey messages in anything close to an organized regional system.
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