Royal Armouries, Leeds, Yorkshire
In the past, Jude (KG13), has shown a keen interest in King Henry VIII’s suit of armour, the one with the impressive cod piece. When I read in The Yorkshire Post that it had returned to the Armouries in Leeds after its time on exhibition in London I suggested to Master Li that our first trip off in 2011 should be to The Armouries.
I intended to take a picture for Jude of the part of it I thought would be of particular interest to her. Alas and Alack ( You get in a medieval turn of phrase after visiting) a combination of museum lighting and the glass case prevented me from getting what I was after and these are the best two out of a dozen I took. Sorry Jude.
In June 1520 Henry VIII met King Francis 1st at The Field of The Cloth of Gold. There was to be a tournament in which the two kings were to meet and the ladies of the French court were very excited at the prospect of seeing Henry in his famous suit of armour. Alas and Alack. The French changed the rules to give them an advantage (as the French usually do). Henry’s suit of armour was not suitable and he had to have a new one made in a hurry. This when it appeared did not have the legendary cod piece but to protect the Crown Jewels had a sort of steel mini skirt known as a Tonlet. This was most disappointing for ladies of the French court and possibly even further afield. Here is Henry’s Tonlet armour
A disappointing day out on the whole.
For more on Henry’s Tonlet Armour click HERE
For better view of Henry’s codpiece click HERE