THE FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD

First edition, first printing of this in-depth study of "Le Camp de Drap d'Or". Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with 6 plates in black and white. A fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper which remains without fading loss or tears. Not price-clipped (2 5s / 2.25 net to the front flap).

An account of "Le Camp de Drap d'Or", the 1520 meeting between Henry VIII & Francis I of France which took place at Balinghem, near Calais. A central event in the history of England and France, the affair was a no expense spared lavish recreation of a Medieval Chivalric Tournament, staged with the idea of building relations between England and France following the Treaty of London in 1518. Hospitalities were however short lived when later in the same year England forged an alliance with Philip of Castile, The Holy Roman Emperor who then declared war on France.

Stock code: 19136

£35

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