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The Admirals’ Peace: The Treaty Of Ardres-Guînes (June 1546)

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On 7 June 1546, in the gently rolling fields between the French fortress-town of Ardres and the English stronghold of Guînes and not far from the site of the pomp and extravagance of the Field of Cloth of Gold, two negotiating teams led by the English and French Admirals, John Dudley, viscount Lisle, Claude d'Annebault, met in a tent to put their names to a treaty which was to end the last war between Henry VIII and Francis I. The name 'Admirals' Peace' is appropriate, especially in the light of the extravagant poem by John Leland which ends with plaudits for the two Admirals and their work. Monluc had been on embassy to Venice in 1543-1544 and to the Ottoman Empire in 1545, when Franco-Imperial relations were warm enough to warrant a move on the part of France to arrange a peace between the Sultan and the Emperor's brother Ferdinand.

Keywords: Admirals Peace; Ardres; France; Guînes; Henry VIII; John Dudley; Venice



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