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'.
Start: 1pm - 3pm
Image courtesy of The Arts Society