Field of Cloth of Gold Curator Talk with Lucy Worsley and Alden Gregory

LIVE on Crowdcast, Thursday 25 June 7.00 pm

LIVE on Crowdcast, Thursday 25 June 7.00 pm

Updated 6 August. Hampton Court Palace and gardens (including The Magic Garden) is open 7 days a week through August until 6 September. Entry to the Magic Garden requires a palace admission ticket for non members. The Maze remains closed. Please read our visit information


Thursday 25 June, 7.00pm (BST)

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The event will be online only, LIVE on Crowdcast. The event is free to join but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. 


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Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by HRP curator Dr Alden Gregory to discuss the ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’ – one of the most spectacular meetings in Tudor history, in advance of the exhibition, opening at Hampton Court Palace in 2021.

500 years ago, King Henry VIII and his court took 98,000 eggs, more than 2,000 sheep, 13 swans, 3 porpoises, nearly 200,000 litres of wine and 66,000 litres of beer to Calais and met François I of France for a spectacular festival designed to improve relations between two rival kingdoms.

In this 1 hour talk online, Lucy and Alden explore how this extravagant and momentous event took place and why the historic meeting was so important for Henry VIII. 

The conversation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

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This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. 

The six palaces under the care of Historic Royal Palaces are currently closed as part of the national effort to defeat the coronavirus. As an independent charity that generates all our own funds, we – like many of you – are facing unprecedented challenges. Any support you can give will be put to our essential costs of caring for the palaces.

We look forward to you joining our online event.

The Field of the Cloth of Gold depicting the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I in 1520.

Field of Cloth of Gold

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