Lunchtime Lecture with Melita Thomas and Deborah Roil

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will re-open 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

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Cancelled


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Price: £10, including a light lunch

Please be aware, these events have been cancelled. 


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As part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Field of Cloth of Gold, join Melita Thomas and Deborah Roil of the Tudor Times blog as they talk about the journey of Henry VIII and his first wife to this historic summit.

The Field of Cloth of Gold was the greatest opportunity Henry VIII ever had to show his wealth, his culture and his brilliance to Francis I of France, the man whom he considered his greatest rival. To do this, he needed to put on a splendid show, which necessitated him and his wife, Katharine of Aragon, being attended by a retinue which could provide a foil to their own magnificence. Who were the lucky nobles chosen to accompany the king and queen? Where did they stay, how were they served in turn, and what did they do during the event?  Tudor Times will look at the Field of Cloth of Gold through the eyes of these men and women - both participants and audience at the spectacle.

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 coronavirus, these events have now been cancelled.

Those who have already booked tickets for this event will be contacted in due course. Due to the volume of bookings, please bear with us but rest assured we will get in touch with everyone.

We have not taken the decision to cancel these events lightly and would like to apologise for any inconvenience these cancellations have caused.

 

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)
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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.

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Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
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Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

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The King's Great Bedchamber, looking north. 

Objects seen include the state bed (1716) carved by Richard Roberts (active 1714-29), "Purchase of the Field of Ephron" wall tapestry attributed to Pieter Coeck van Aelst (1502-50) (on the right of the image), also showing part of the ceiling painting (c1701) by Antonio Verrio (c. 1639-1707).
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Enjoy the beautiful State Apartments and private rooms of William III and Mary II at Hampton Court Palace as part of your visit.

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