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Field of The Cloth of Gold, also known as the Field of Golden Cloth (French: Le Camp du Drap d'Or) is the name given to a place in Balinghem, between Guînes and Ardres, in France, near Calais.

It was the site of a meeting that took place from 7 June to 24 June 1520, between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France. The meeting was arranged to increase the bond of friendship between the two kings following the Anglo-French treaty of 1514. The form "Field of Cloth of Gold" has been in general use in the English language since at least the 18th century.

The Filed of the Cloth of Gold was so called because of the extravigance of Henry VIII in an attempt to show the King of France how rich the British court was.


My Thinking About How this Might work:

not so sure how to approach this. i'd love to see folks add profiles of people who've they've identified and confirmed as being participants, present or attendees of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, June 7 - 24, 1520 at Guisnes, France.

this can be a challenge, as conflicting anecdotal documentation is widely available, however, with a little due diligence one can corroborate if using some of the better sources.

i have found that the following resource is a great primary source of much of what transpired during the reign of King Henry VIII;

For example, i found that Charles Brandon: Duke of Suffolk attended, by reviewing this documentation:

  • ** Note: you can actually find most of the goings on in Henry VIII's court, as it is contained in searchable transcribed text at this site. pretty amazing actually***

i've also found supporting evidence, say in the case of Sir William Coffyn, by researching at Google Books and

or course, i enjoy tedious research et al.

thoughts? insults? cake recipes?

Henry VIII Documents on Field of the Cloth of Gold at British History Online:

According to the following link, Sir Thomas Le Strange was also present at the event:

Sir Edward Aston, father of Sir Walter Aston, 1st Lord Aston of Forfar, accompanied Henry of France and the Cloth of Gold. (Source: Sir Thomas Clofford's Tixall".'

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