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Sarah Baker Royal game

Work by Sarah Baker
Work by Sarah Baker
Work by Sarah Baker
Work by Sarah Baker

The Royal game series features the English Tudor dynasty. The symbolism of wild animals has been used to explain the relationship and characteristics of the Tudor monarchs Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I. To survive on the throne, they needed to use their animal instincts. Henry stands in the centre – symbolised as a lion. The lion is ruler of the animal kingdom. Mary stands on Henry’s right as a bear, which is a symbol of hunting prowess and power. Elizabeth is seen as a wolf, which represents her fearlessness, loyalty and cautious attitude.


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