1520: The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Paperback)

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1520: The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Paperback)

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1520 explores the characters of two larger-than-life kings, whose rivalry and love-hate relations added a feisty edge to European relations in the early sixteenth century.

What propelled them to meet, and how did each vie to outdo the other in feats of strength and yards of gold cloth? Everyone who was anyone in 1520 was there. But why was the flower of England’s nobility transported across the Channel, and how were they catered for? What did this temporary, fairy-tale village erected in a French field look like, feel like and smell like?

This book explores not only the political dimension of their meeting and the difficult triangle they established with Emperor Charles V, but also the material culture behind the scenes. While the courtiers attended masques, dances, feasts and jousts, an army of servants toiled in the temporary village created especially for that summer. Who were the men and women behind the scenes? What made Henry rush back into the arms of the Emperor immediately after the most expensive two weeks of his entire reign? And what was the long-term result of the meeting, of that sea of golden tents and fountains spouting wine? This quinquecentenary analysis explores the extraordinary event in unprecedented detail. Based on primary documents, plans, letters and records of provisions and with a new focus on material culture, food, textiles, planning and organization.
Amy Licence has been a teacher for over a decade. She has an MA in Medieval and Tudor Studies and has published several scholarly articles on the Tudor dynasty and Richard III. Her books include Cecily Neville ('This insight is so rare and so valuable’ Philippa Gregory), In Bed With the Tudors ('A fascinating book examining the sex lives of the Tudors in unprecedented detail' The Daily Express), Anne Boleyn and Living In Squares, Loving In Triangles: The Lives and Loves of Virginia Woolf and theBloomsbury Group. Amy has written for The Guardian, TLS, BBC History Magazine and appeared on BBC radio and television. She lives in Canterbury with her husband and two children.
Product Details ISBN: 9781398115415
ISBN-10: 139811541X
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: April 15th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English