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Diplomacy with Axe, Lance and Sword: The Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520

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Diplomacy with Axe, Lance and Sword: The Field of the Cloth of Gold (7th-24th June 1520) - with Dr Toby Capwell.

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King Henry VIII was a great jouster and skilled swordsman, and he was fond of showing off his knightly prowess. But he only ever fought one field battle, 'The Battle of the Spurs', against the French in 1513. The ensuing Anglo-French peace-treaty was followed in 1520 by an attempt to outlaw all war between Christian kingdoms. At the Field of Cloth of Gold, in the Pas de Calais, Henry met the French King Francis I in a lavish courtly spectacle. The meeting took the form of an enormous tournament, with jousts and other supposedly friendly combats taking place over more than two weeks. Despite being one of the most famous events in Tudor history, the nature of the martial contests themselves has remained largely mysterious. We shall delve into this oft-misunderstood subject, to uncover both the splendour and the sinister undertones of this extraordinary moment of history.

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10.30 – 11.30

11.30-12.00: Coffee-break

12.00 – 1.00

13.00-14.00: Lunch-break

14.00-15.00:

About Dr Tobias Capwell

Toby Capwell is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, one of the world''s great collections of medieval and Renaissance weapons. From a young age he was drawn to the fifteenth century in particular, studying the Wars of the Roses as an undergraduate in the United States before coming to the UK in the mid-1990s. He completed his PhD on fifteenth-century armour in 2004, work which became the published work Armour of the English Knight 1400-1450 (2015) and the forthcoming continuations Armour of the English Knight 1450-1500 (2020) and Armour of the English Knight: Continental Armour in England 1435-1500 (2021). He appears regularly on television, most recently on Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family (BBC1, 2019), and is a founding member of the historical jousting community. In 2015 he served as one of the two fully-armed horsemen who escorted the remains of King Richard III from the Bosworth battlefield to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral.

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