Exactly 500 years ago Armouries staff were sent to what is now Belgium to buy weapons for the Field of Cloth of Gold. Inspired by a single archive that details their expenditure, this is their story.
Over eight episodes, published each Friday, “Richard Pellande” will regale us with their adventures.
10 April 2020 – Episode 1: Bruges, 10th April 1520
17 April 2020 – Episode 2: Brussels, 17th April 1520
24 April 2020 – Episode 3: ‘Swords & States’, Antwerp, 24th April 1520
1 May 2020 – Episode 4: ‘Rivets & Rebels’, Mechelin, 1st May 1520
8 May 2020 – Episode 5: ‘Mules and Monarchs’, Brussels, 8th May 1520
15 May 2020 – Episode 6: ‘Mills and Miracles’. Oudenburgh, 15th May 1520
22 May 2020 – Episode 7: Calais, 22nd May 1520
29 May 2020 – Episode 8: Calais, 29nd May 1520
The Field of Cloth of Gold was a diplomatic summit between the Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France between the 7th – 24th June 1520. The summit was an extravagant display of royal magnificence which was expected to consolidate the peace between England and France after decades of warfare.
The event was a grand tournament involving jousting, tourneys and foot combat. Immortalised in works of art and eye-witness accounts The Field of Cloth of Gold was one of the most opulent diplomatic and sporting events ever staged.
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