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In order to pursue his ambitions in France, Henry VIII formed an alliance with the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I. This painting records their meeting and the main events pertaining to Henry’s first campaign against the French in 1513.

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European Armour in the Royal Collection

An introduction to European armour in the Royal Collection.


Prince Albert


RCIN 50468

In this elaborate statuette, the armoured Prince Albert (1819–1861) sheathes his sword, indicating that the struggle is over. The inscription around the base quotes St Paul: 'I have fought a Good Fight, I have finished my Course, I have kept the Faith'. The design expresses the ideal of the Christian knight, defending virtue and fighting temptation. In the mid-nineteenth century, these standards were often illustrated by reference to medieval texts, but supporters also turned to Gothic visual styles to show their connection to an age of chivalry and honour. Here, the prince is loosely depicted in late fifteenth-century armour – including a gauntlet with Gothic-style fluting. On his left leg he wears the garter of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry. The Order was founded in 1348 by Edward III (1312–1377) to cement relationships between the king and his nobles, and quickly became synonymous with ideals of nobility and virtue.

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