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1520: The Field of Cloth of Gold
1520: The Field of Cloth of Gold

1520: The Field of Cloth of Gold

Henri VII and François 1st


96 Pages, 8.25 x 11.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $25.00)

Publication Date: September 2013

ISBN 9782757206089

Rights: US & CA

Somogy Art Publishers (Sep 2013)

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The Field of Cloth of Gold, a unique moment in European history, is explored in all its elegance in this lavishly illustrated book. Although it did not alter the course of the relations between the two kingdoms, this brief episode of Anglo-French reconciliation was the occasion for an extraordinary display of luxury and riches, whose unequalled profusion enduringly captured popular imagination. The meeting of Francis I and Henry VIII from June 7 to June 24, 1520, was above all a festival—of youth, of knightly ideals, of sensual pleasures, and of insouciance. The book brings to life this world of political illusion, cultural rivalries, and the emergence of the French Renaissance and provides an understanding of the European context that gave rise to this highly novel encounter. It relives the feasts, jousting, and masquerades of the Field of Cloth of Gold and follows the ups and downs of this seemingly impossible peace.

Author Biography

Charles Giry-Deloison is professor of early modern history at the Université d'Artois and fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of Le schisme d'Henri VIII. Sophie-Anne Leterrier is professor of contemporary history and history of arts at the Université d'Artois. She is the author of Le Melomane et l'historien.