Les artisans du Camp du Drap d'Or (1520) : culture matérielle et représentation du pouvoir

Abstract : The question of material culture and especially the materiality of the prestige of princes and monarchs is currently attracting the attention of historians and has been the subject of recent research. This article on a major event of the sixteenth century, the meeting of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, aims to underline the major part played by the hundreds of craftsmen without whom the meeting could not have been such a magnificent event. It will highlight the key role played by craftsmanship in the representation of political power and the influence of material devices on diplomatic issues. It will present the global aspect of the event (organizers, costs and material assets), but also describe the details of the construction of the Ardres and Guînes camps, the wealthy clothing of the monarchs, the preparation of the feats of arms, of the ephemeral decors, fireworks, masquerades and other festivities such as dancing and music etc. Finally, such a royal ceremony could not take place without gargantuan banquets, the food merchants and craftsmen from the Hotel of the King of France and from the British Household will be the subject of the last part of this paper.
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Aurélie Massie. Les artisans du Camp du Drap d'Or (1520) : culture matérielle et représentation du pouvoir. Encyclo. Revue de l'école doctorale ED 382, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2013, p.55-79. ⟨hal-00783945⟩

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