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The Field of Cloth of Gold

Glenn Richardson


This book provides the history of a major Tudor event: an extraordinary international gathering of Renaissance rulers unparalleled in its opulence, pageantry, controversy, and mystery. Throughout most of the late medieval period, from 1300 to 1500, England and France were bitter enemies, often at war or on the brink of it. In 1520, in an effort to bring conflict to an end, England's monarch, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France agreed to meet, surrounded by virtually their entire political nations, at “the Field of Cloth of Gold.” In the midst of a spectacular festival of competition and entert ... More

Keywords: Renaissance rulers, late medieval period, Henry VIII, Francis, pageantry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300148862
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300148862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Richardson, author