The Tudor period was one defined by great divides and dichotomies between the Protestant nobility and the Catholic supporting lower classes. Out of this arose a need and the means to effectively communicate ideas from the upper class and the lower class. The Church, the economic and social center of life, turned to the use of iconography as propaganda to promote their agenda. The most prominent version of this was the use of Robin Hood by both the Catholic and Protestant churches through festivals to control, pacify, and persuade the lower class despite the inherent contradictions between the Robin Hood mythos and the churches themselves. This same mechanism shows itself throughout both the Tudor Period and through history into today.
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