The author would like to thank Professor Michael Hicks and the two anonymous readers for their valuable comments on this article.
Henry VIII's French crown: his royal entry into Tournai revisited
Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Historical Research
Volume 85, Issue 230, pages 617–631, November 2012
How to Cite
Murphy, N. (2012), Henry VIII's French crown: his royal entry into Tournai revisited. Historical Research, 85: 617–631. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2012.00598.x
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
On 25 September 1513 Henry VIII made his formal entry into Tournai as king of France. An examination of this entry provides an insight into how seriously Henry took his claim to the throne of France. This article uses a range of sources and looks at the entry from the perspective of both Henry and the townspeople, and systematically analyses the different elements that formed a ceremonial entry during the period. It demonstrates that a royal entry was a moment of communication between ruler and ruled, and that Henry used the ceremony to develop good relations with Tournai's ruling elite.