The meeting of the Field of the Cloth of gold

The Hundred Years war finally ended. It was the start of another era, that of the Renaissance.
The meeting of the Field of the Cloth of gold marked the end of the Middle ages as much that the entry of the modern era.
This event had to seal, in theory, the military alliance between England and France. It was a failure. Lasting three weeks, the two monarchies, François I and Henri VIII, vied with riches and ceremonies.
After the exploratory meetings, where the special messengers of the two kingdoms agreed the protocols of the ceremonies (but also of a possible marriage between the daughter of Henri VIII, Marie, then aged of four, and the dauphin of France aged three!), the two kings met for the first time on June 7 1520, from which followed feasts, tournaments and dinners uniting the equals of the two kingdoms. Decorated with their most beautiful attire, François I and Henry VIII themselves had a cordial friendship. The banquets followed the jousts, there was a Mass which the two sovereigns attended side by side scrupulously to the sound of the religious songs, distributed equally between French songs and English songs. It was a real City organized between the two border cities of Ardres, the French, and Guînes, the English, where tents, covered by materials embroidered with gold, appeared to the spectator a vast "field of gold", that history kept under the name of "The field of the cloth of gold".
The King of France had installed his royal tent of gold sheet close to the swamps of André, Henry VIII had made built the palace of Crystal, an original building of wood and glass of the colours of the Tudors, the "palace of crystal", a hundred metres long and forty metres high was the highest known " tower.
The interior tapestry of blue velvet, sprinkled with gold lily and the outside decorated with curled gold sheet.
The feasts were imposing: jousts and tests of archery organized to distract and to bring closer the two monarchies. The French-English understanding passed only as an illusion!
Henry VIII had hoped that they could make an alliance against the Spanish.
Henri VIII left on 18 July, vexed, without having conceded with France this so much hoped alliance. Before his departure, he met the emperor of Austria Charles Quint who succeeded  in ensuring the support of England in the continental conflicts to come. The hostilities between the three protagonists began in 1522. An English army started at Calais. The first French city that was besieged was Ardres. "The Kingdom of France will be surrounded henceforth with enemies," François I raged.

Anne Boleyn became pregnant with Elizabeth I when on a trip to Calais with Henry VIII in December of 1532.