Sunday, November 3, 2013

Great D&D Moments in History: The Field of the Cloth of Gold

"Great D&D Moments in History" reimagines famous historical events as episodes in a tabletop fantasy role-playing game. It doesn't get much nerdier than this.

Near Calais, France, June 1520: Two high-level NPCs, Henry VIII of England and Fran├žois 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 Fran├žois 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