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Old July 11th, 2018, 08:17 PM   #1
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Treaty of London and Field of Cloth of Gold seem very modern


Interesting events in 1518 and 1520. Apparently Cardinal Wolsey was the driving force behind both. He and Henry VIII deserve a lot of credit. Henry VIII's reputation was effected by his marriages and executions and Wolsey's by all the dirt presented at his treason trial to discredit him and the Roman Catholic Church.

In the Treaty of London, all the major Catholic powers agreed not to make war on each other. Apparently this was partly aimed at resisting the Ottoman Empire. It seems to foreshadow the UN and NATO.

In the field of cloth of gold, the English and French kings and their large retinues met in a field in English Calais. This also seems similar to 20th century diplomacy.

Were there similar events to these: multiway treaties and royal summits?

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Old July 13th, 2018, 01:17 AM   #2

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i don't think anyone doubts the abilities of either Wolsey or Henry.

Didn't last long though.
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Old July 13th, 2018, 03:56 AM   #3

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Henry entrusted Wolsey with a huge amount of power and authority which was respected across the continent and with good reason. Wolsey was Henry's man and everyone knew it both home and abroad.
History is littered with the downfall of many amongst the great and the good, but they were from the ruling classes who had been found guilty of conspiracy and treason with members of their own kind. To a man the english nobility hated Wolsey who had the king's ear and the great offices of state they considered theirs by right. How then could Wolsey betray Henry, when those that could have been fellow conspirators shunned him.
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