Field of the Cloth of Gold
Balinghem is a small town at the tip of northern France, located across the English Channel from England and 10 miles southeast of Calais. It is populated by just over 1,000 residents.

It is best known as the site of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, where Henry VIII met with Francis I of France in 1520.

People Born in Balingen


Balingen in People's Lives

Henry VIII: Desiring good relations with France, I made plans beginning in 1517 for a series of diplomatic missions to be arranged to the French court, peppered with displays of goodwill. After three years of diplomacy, my efforts culminated successfully in a meeting between the new French king, Francis I of France, and I here, in 1520. We both hoped for a new friendship and peace between our countries, but we did not get along well. Our competitive streaks clashed, and our friendship was not to be. Our meeting place was afterward known as The Field of the Cloth of Gold. After this, a reigning English monarch did not set foot in France for another 323 years.

Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire: I was here in 1520, at the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France, at the place called Field of the Cloth of Gold. Prior to their meeting, I had been busy on diplomatic missions to France since 1518, for the past two years, preparing the French court for the meeting.

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