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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?

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

Glenn Richardson

Yale University Press

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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