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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.


Schloss Stolzenfels: The Great Knight's Hall


RCIN 920421

In Britain and further afield, proponents of a 'medieval' code of chivalry expressed their interest through elaborate building projects and the amassing of armour in the Gothic style. In 1845 Queen Victoria (1819–1901) made her first journey to Germany, where she and Prince Albert were entertained at Schloss Stolzenfels, on the banks of the Rhine. The ruined Schloss had recently been restored in the neo-Gothic style by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, who celebrated its completion with a procession in medieval costume up to the castle. Inside, armour displays on the walls completed the aesthetic. Queen Victoria noted in her diary that she and Albert had dined in the Great Knights’ Hall, which was 'very pretty… ornamented with armour etc'. The Prussian king commissioned a set of souvenir watercolours for Victoria to keep after the visit, of which this is one.

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