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Robin - Vortigern - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W


Robin - Vortigern - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W

The European robin, known simply as the robin or robin redbreast in the British Isles and Ireland is a small insectivorous passerine bird, specifically a chat, that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher.

The robin features prominently in British folklore, alsoiIt was held to be a storm-cloud bird and sacred to Thor.

More recently, the robin has become strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role on many Christmas cards since the mid 19th century. An old British folk tale has it that when Jesus was dying on the cross, the robin, then simply brown in colour, flew to his side and sang into his ear in order to comfort him in his pain. The blood from his wounds stained the robin's breast, and thereafter all robins got the mark of Christ's blood upon them.

The association with Christmas, however, arises from the fact that postmen in Victorian Britain wore red jackets and were nicknamed "Robins"; the robin featured on the Christmas card is an emblem of the postman delivering the card.

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