Near Calais, France, June 1520: Two high-level NPCs, Henry VIII of England and François I of France, meet to reaffirm the Anglo-French treaty of 1514 and take part in a series of elaborate tournaments and entertainments.
|Meeting at the Field of the Cloth of Gold by a nineteenth-century artist, after a sixteenth-century original. Source: Wikipedia Commons.|
Although it had been agreed beforehand that the two monarchs would not fight each other, Henry unexpectedly challenges François to a wrestling bout which the English king quickly loses. This is the last time European monarchs wrestle each other in public — in part because of the potential blow to national pride but mostly because no one wants to use the grappling rules ever, ever again.
|Engraving from a seventeenth-century Dutch treatise on wrestling. Source: Wiktenauer.com|