The Field of the Cloth of Gold

The Field of the Cloth of Gold took place from June 7 -24, 1520, just two years after the Treaty of London. It was an outlandish festival between the nobles of England and France. It was orchestrated by the English Cardinal Thomas Wosley. The main purpose of the festivities was to try to ally France and England together incase the Holy Roman Empire(the third major party of the treaty of London) had become hostile.

One major theme of the Field of the cloth of the Gold was equality between King Henry VIII of England and King François I of France. This included where the event should take place. Since Henry VIII had to travel over the English Channel it would take place at the edge of English territory in Northern France. The field laid between the last fortress of the English territory and the last fortress of the French territory. It would be considered neutral ground for both kings.

On the first day of the Field of the Cloth of Gold the two kings and their noblemen met on the field. The Kings left their nobles and met alone at the center to discuss matters. To make sure that one did not travel as far as the other each King had travel the same distance from their noblemen to the center of the field. This “equality” between the two kings also went on during the sports that were played. It was made sure that Henry VIII and François I were never matched against each other. If that were to happen than one had to win which would make them unequal.

Even though equality was made sure of between the King of England and the King of France an alliance was never formed. England in fact formed an alliance with King Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire. A few years after the Field of the Cloth of Gold England and France were at war once more.

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