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The Field of Cloth of Gold
The Field of Cloth of Gold
6,000 Englishmen in France for 18 Days
  • FIEL1121SQC
  • Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
  • Age Guidance: 14+ with Adult
  • 2021-10-08 12:45:00Z
  • 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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