Olivier Renaudeau, a curator from the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, looks at Francis I’s ceremonial sword.
Over five episodes Olivier explores objects in their collection related to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The Royal Armouries had planned to feature some of the objects in our exhibition in Leeds.
These films will be published over the next few weeks:
16 June – Buckler of Henry VIII
18 June – Sword of Francis I
23 June – Foot combat armour by Nicolo Silva
25 June – Tudor ceremonial axe of the guard of Henry VIII
30 June – Greenwich armour
All episodes will appear in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
Thanks to our colleagues and friends at the Musée de l’Armée for making these films. Be sure to check out their website and explore the rest of their amazing collection.
The exhibition was to mark the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a diplomatic summit between the Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France between the 7th – 24th June 1520.
However, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic we were forced to delay the opening of the physical exhibition.
For the exhibition the Musée de l’Armée in Paris had agreed to loan two objects from their collection connected to that historical event, now instead they have created five films so we can enjoy these objects and some extras from their own collection virtually.
Be sure to check out our online exhibition about the Field of the Cloth of Gold: https://royalarmouries.org/tudor-powe…
The Field of the Cloth of Gold 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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