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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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Generous to a fault

Generous to a fault

(p.141) Chapter 5 Generous to a fault
The Field of Cloth of Gold

Glenn Richardson

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the amounts spent by Francis I and Henry VIII for the Field of Cloth of Gold, which required the feeding and watering of some 12,000 people for just over two weeks, along with several prodigious banquets. Both kings offered hospitality mutually and reciprocally, according to a strict protocol of visits, in order to maintain a careful balance of honor between them. Neither king could be allowed to offer, or receive, from the other greater or lesser hospitality than he himself provided. It is estimated that it cost Francis almost as much to host the Field of Cloth of Gold for two weeks as it did to run the entire French court for a year. The amount Henry spent seems to have been of an equivalent order.

Keywords:   Francis I, Henry VIII, meeting, Cloth of Gold, hospitality

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