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The Return of the ArmadasThe Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain 1595-1603$
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R. B. Wernham

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204435.001.0001

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The Peace of Vervins

The Peace of Vervins

Chapter:
(p.210) XIV The Peace of Vervins
Source:
The Return of the Armadas
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R. B. Wernham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204435.003.0015

Henry IV had sent Hurault de Maisse to Elizabeth I in November 1597 with instructions to press for a prompt and clear answer about joining him in dealing with the peace offers of Archduke Albert. He was to make no request for the continuance of the 2,000 English troops in France and was to avoid all appearance of begging, which England alleged was all French ambassadors ever came to do. In the instructions Henry professed himself equally ready either to make peace or to continue the war, though the exhausted and war-weary condition of France would allow the latter course only if his English and Dutch allies gave him very substantial military and financial assistance. However, de Maisse, before leaving for England, did ask him what he really wanted. Henry thought for a few moments and then said that he was resolved upon peace and that he wanted it. When the King of Spain authorized the Archduke to treat with the Queen of England, a peace treaty was finally signed at Vervins.

Keywords:   Henry IV, Vervins, peace treaty, Hurault de Maisse, Elizabeth I, Archduke Albert, England, France, Spain

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