Wolf Hall Symbols & Objects

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Feather

A single feather is worn by King Henry VIII in his hat after Mass in Calais. The feather in the hat, traditionally symbolic of accomplishment, is noted in Henry’s hat by Cromwell for two reasons. First, he has had much success in consolidating his power as head of church and state; and second, he has slept with Anne Boleyn.

Act of Supremacy

The Act of Supremacy is the official law which makes Henry the head of church and state in England. It is required to be sworn in oath by individuals to demonstrate their loyalty for king and country. Thomas More refuses to swear by the Act, for More is a devout and loyal Catholic, and the Act supplants the Church and the Pope. As such, More is executed for refusing to swear.

Holbein's painting of Cromwell

Holbein’s painting of Cromwell meets with mixed...

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