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Field of the Cloth of Gold 500th Anniversary Jo Mabbutt Thursday 19 March 2020

2020 marks the 500th anniversary of this extraordinary event.  In June 1520, two handsome and accomplished Renaissance princes, Henry VIII and Francis I, meet to ratify an Anglo-French alliance and celebrate the betrothal of Henry's daughter Mary to the French dauphin.  Both have imperial ambitions and are eager to display themselves as magnificent warrior kings by putting on a sumptuous spectacle lasting 18 days.  Furniture, tapestries, jewels and a chapel were imported to adorn a temporary palace with regal splendour.  How was it all achieved?  The logistics required to transport, feed and entertain the huge entourage were staggering, and we will hear about the supply chain, provided in part by the City of London guilds.


The lecture will be given at the JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester CO4 5UP in the Centennial Suite on the first floor.  We will serve coffee from 10.15 and the lecture will begin at 11 am.