Performing Power and Theatricalisation at The Field of Cloth of Gold 1520

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Book synopsis:
Authored by a unique combination of university academics and heritage professionals this book offers new perspectives on journeys made by Henry VIII and other monarchs, their political and social impact and the logistics required in undertaking such trips.

It explores the performance of kingship and queenship by itinerant monarchs, investigating how, by a variety of means, they engaged and interacted with their subjects, and the practical and symbolic functions associated with these activities.

Moving beyond the purely English experience, it provides a European dimension by comparing progresses in England and France.

Royal marriage and the royal progress share common features which are considered through an analysis of the trans-European journeys made by future spouses, notably Anne of Cleves.

The book also reveals the significance of the art and architecture of houses and palaces, and how the celebrated meeting of English and French kings at the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520 was part of a wider diplomatic performance full of symbolism including the exchange of gifts and socialising between the two royal courts.

Drawing on contemporary art, material culture and surviving buildings it will be of interest to all who enjoy the intrigue and splendour of sixteenth century courts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoyal Journeys in Early Modern Europe: Progresses, Palaces and Panache
EditorsAnthony Musson
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)9781032255972
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2022
EventHenry VIII on Tour: Palaces, Progresses and Panache - Online
Duration: 22 Jun 2021 → …


ConferenceHenry VIII on Tour: Palaces, Progresses and Panache
Period22/06/21 → …
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  • Theatricalisation
  • Early Modern
  • Henry VIII
  • Francois I
  • Field of Cloth of Gold
  • costume
  • power
  • performance


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