Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.
The major new exhibition will star a never-before-seen tapestry which sheds rare light on people of colour in the Tudor period.
A Tudor spectacle
The Field of Cloth of Gold, an 18-day meeting between Henry VIII and François I in 1520, was unparalleled in its lavish demonstration of wealth and power.
Inside huge temporary palaces, under tents made of luxurious cloth of gold or on the specially constructed tiltyard, the two competitive kings and their courtiers jousted and wrestled, hosted great banquets and exchanged expensive gifts. Wine flowed from the fountains and a 'dragon' flew above the festivities.
Top image: The Field of the Cloth of Gold c. 1545. © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King exhibition is in the first floor apartment used by Cardinal Wolsey, the chief organiser of the Field of Cloth of Gold, when he lived at Hampton Court Palace.
Whilst we strive to make Hampton Court Palace accessible to all visitors, due to the constraints of the Palace, there is limited access to the first floor. For more information, please speak to one of our helpful members of staff.
On the ground floor, watch a filmed tour of the exhibition led by Joint Chief Curator Tracy Borman and explore our collection of handling objects related to the Field of Cloth of Gold.