Elizabeth I. Pelican Portrait c. 1574-Symbolism in Tudor Portraits-EXCERPT: 'The pelican: (Brooch or pendant). There was a traditional belief that the mother pelican pecked at her own breast to feed her young, and died so that they might live. Consequently the pelican was a sign of Christ's sacrifice and Resurrection. In the context of the picture, it meant that Elizabeth is the mother of the Church of England and would sacrifice her life for her people.' READ MORE...
Thomas Cromwell - Minister to King Henry VIII. He was ruthless in his service to the King. His downfall came as a result of his contracting the marriage of Henry to Anne of Cleves. Henry detested her and very shortly afterwards executed Cromwell. Even though he was so ruthless, Henry made a serious mistake because he lost one of his most efficient ministers. The excellent book "Wolf Hall" is about Cromwell.