The Field of Cloth of Gold
To celebrate their new friendship and trust, Henry and Francis held tournament games which lasted 11 days. Wrestling and archery contests took place when the weather was too bad for jousting or tourneys.
The two kings wanted to show off their wealth, power and athletic skills. They were meant to compete side by side, not against one another. However, Henry VIII challenged Francis I to a wrestling match and was thrown by a cunning French move!
The painting is a story picture that shows many events during the three-week gathering in June 1520.
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