Leeds Castle’s History Highlights

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

January 31, 2019

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 5,000 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 the Cloth of Gold near Calais. It’s a masterpiece in event planning by Henry’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.