England and Europe in the Sixteenth Century by Susan Doran (auth.)

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All changed, however, in January 1515 when Louis died. His successor, the twenty-year-old Francis I, was as dedicated to war as Henry himself and determined to secure the return of Tournai from England as well as the conquest of Milan from the emperor and Navarre from Spain. None the less, between 1515 and 1522 Henry remained at peace Honour and Reputation 19 with France, even at the cost of surrendering Tournai in 1518. The same year he also became the champion of international peace in Europe by sponsoring the Treaty of London, which upheld the principle of universal and perpetual peace.

In this context it is significant that the king mustered some 40,000 men, creating the largest 24 England and Europe in the Sixteenth Century army to be sent abroad in England's history, one clearly designed for show rather than utility. It is also significant that despite his ulcerated le