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Episode 4: 1520 - Henry VIII at Leeds Castle en route to the Field of Cloth of Gold

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Henry VIII is in peak condition, he’s 29, sporty, good looking, charming, musical, and possibly still in a loving relationship with Catherine of Aragon. They descend on one of their treasured homes, Leeds Castle, with a party of 5000 to prepare for a landmark event in 16th Century European politics: the first momentous meeting between Henry and the equally dashing King of France, Francis 1st, at the Field of Cloth of the Gold near Calais. It’s a masterpiece in event planning by Henry’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.


Picture Caption: Henry VIII approaching the English Pavilion at the Field of Cloth of Gold. CREDIT - Royal Collection Trust - © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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