The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Tudor Times
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Yes, there's more to tudor england than Henry VIII's Headless Wives.
Get the full picture of life in Tudor times. Choose from paintings and illustrations in six categories to solve a series of riddles that will test your knowledge to its fullest.

Solve the Riddle!
Henry VIII and Francis I at the Field of Cloth of Gold
Frederich Bowterwer, 1845 copy of original at Hampton Court
Credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/ Art Resource

In June 1520 King Henry VIII, Queen Catherine and nearly the entire English court traveled to Guines, near Calais, to meet with King Francis I of France. Henry spared no expense for this meeting and nearly bankrupted the treasury in the process. The king wanted to impress Francis -- his rival in European power politics and the ruler of territory he coveted for himself and for England. In a period of over two weeks, the king's large retinue -- dressed to impress in cloth of gold and gems -- participated in sporting events, masques, and banquets. The king himself was sumptuously dressed in spectacular outfits -- one was reported to feature 2,000 ounces of gold and 1,100 huge pearls.
What was the purpose of this extravagant event?
What's your answer?
to celebrate Mary's engagement
to build an alliance with Francis
to hand over British-occupied Calais back to France