treaty of Bretigny

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Brétigny, treaty of, 1360. After the Black Prince's great victory at Poitiers in 1356, Edward III resumed campaigning in 1359. But though inflicting great damage he was unable to land a knock-out blow and negotiations commenced in May 1360 at Brétigny, near Chartres. King John's ransom was to be cut and, in exchange for abandoning his claim to the throne of France, Edward was to have Guînes and Aquitaine in full sovereignty. These sweeping gains could not be substantiated and, after John's death, Charles V of France continued to claim suzerainty. See also Calais, treaty of.

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