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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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A Renaissance Peace Conference?

A Renaissance Peace Conference?

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(p.199) Epilogue: A Renaissance Peace Conference?
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The Field of Cloth of Gold
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Glenn Richardson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300148862.003.0008

This chapter considers the significance of the Field of Cloth of Gold. It argues that the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I is best understood as a “field” in the sixteenth-century senses of the word: a place, an event and a battle. It was literally and metaphorically a war game which depended on spectacle for success. The meeting was a very conspicuous piece of royal Renaissance “self-fashioning,” of ostentatious material display and political theatre, designed to present the power of monarchy in a dynamic and compelling way. Ultimately, the meaning of the event is declared by its name: the Field of Cloth of Gold.

Keywords:   peace accord, Henry VIII, Francis I, Renaissance, Cloth of Gold

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