The Field of Cloth of Gold

Richardson, Glenn (2013) The Field of Cloth of Gold. Yale University Press, Newhaven. ISBN 9780300148862

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Glenn Richardson provides the first history in more than four decades 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 at "the Field of Cloth of Gold". In the midst of a spectacular festival of competition and entertainment, the rival leaders hoped to secure a permanent settlement, as part of a European-wide "Universal Peace". Richardson offers a bold new appraisal of this remarkable historical event, describing the preparations and execution of the magnificent gathering, exploring its ramifications, and arguing that it was far more than the extravagant elitist theatre and cynical charade it historically has been considered. [Publisher's Summary]

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Field of Cloth of Gold, France, 1520; France - Foreign relations - Great Britain; Gret Britain - Foreign relations - France; Francis I, King of France, 1494-1547; Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547; France - Court and courtiers - History - 16th century; Great Britain - Court and courtiers - History - 16th century
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
900 History & geography > 942 History of Great Britain
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 15:08
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 14:48


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