The Field of Cloth of Gold

6,000 Englishmen in France for 18 Days

An amazing celebration by two rival kings of newfound friendship

Mrs Joanna Mabbutt

In June 1520 Henry VIII and Francis I met to ratify an Anglo-French Alliance and celebrate the betrothal of Henry's daughter Mary to the Dauphin. Each brings an entourage of 6,000 to a field south of Calais for 18 days.

The logistical requirements of the English contingent is staggering: 3,217 horses, wood from Flanders, a temporary palace 40 feet high. Siver and gold, tapestries and furniture decorate the palace, principal tents and a chapel (with organ). Luxurious cloths, sables and jewels were imported to 'dress and impress'.

Doors: 12:45pm
Start: 1pm - 3pm

Image courtesy of The Arts Society

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Red Brick
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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

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  • FIEL1121SQC
  • Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
  • Age Guidance: 14+ with Adult
  • 2021-10-08 12:45:00Z