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Date and time
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 18:00
Address
Guildhall
Frankwell Quay
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 8HQ
United Kingdom

About the Event

For two-and-a-half weeks in June 1520, kings Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France held a diplomatic summit intending to bind in friendship the two historically often warring nations. Their meeting turned into an extravagant display of one-upmanship as both young monarchs tried to outshine the other with displays of prowess and lavish wealth. In time, the meeting place in northern France became known as the ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’, after the ornamentation of the encampments and costume of the participants.  

However, within two years, Henry and Francis were at war; the peace around the ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ punctuating a reign in which the English king often waged war.

Henry VIII is popularly known to history for his Reformation of the English Church, for working his way through a series of wives, and, most recently by the writings of Hilary Mantel, for his troubled relationship with his first minister Thomas Cromwell.

500 years since the ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’,History Lecturer Dr Jonathan Worton dconsiders the much less-well known history of Henry VIII, as a Renaissance warrior king and founder of the modern Royal Navy.

 

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Guildhall
Frankwell Quay
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 8HQ
United Kingdom