PARTY OF THE (16th) CENTURY: Hampton Court exhibit recalls most extravagant Summit

The event had a negligible effect on history, but to this day the Grand European Summit between Henry VIII and François I in 1520 remains a symbol of the wealth, privilege, and utter ostentatiousness of medieval royalty – literally, the “party of the century.” Designed to improve relations between England and France, the Summit between Henry and François was a two-week spectacle of feasts…

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