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The Field of Cloth of Gold$
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Glenn Richardson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300148862

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300148862.001.0001

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Why the Field of Cloth of Gold?

Why the Field of Cloth of Gold?

(p.1) Introduction Why the Field of Cloth of Gold?
The Field of Cloth of Gold

Glenn Richardson

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explain why the historic meeting—known as Field of Cloth of Gold—between King Francis I of France and King Henry VIII of England took place, how it was organized, who its participants were, and why it is important in the history of Anglo-French relations and in the broader history of Renaissance Europe. The prevailing view of the Field of Cloth of Gold is that it was a colossal waste of time and money. This is largely because Francis and Henry met as allies in 1520 and yet were at war by 1522. This book argues that the 1520 war was the very thing that both sides hoped to avoid, and shows why those hopes were to be disappointed.

Keywords:   Francis I, Henry VIII, Anglo-French relations, Renaissance Europe

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