treaty of London

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Draft treaty. Edward III's diplomatic hand was strengthened by the capture of John II of France at Poitiers. This treaty would have given Edward Aquitaine, Poitou, Ponthieu, and Calais in full sovereignty, as well as a ransom payment of 4 million écus, yet without obliging him to drop his claim to the French throne. It was never ratified, and Edward subsequently increased his demands to include Normandy, Anjou, and Maine. It may be that he had set his demands deliberately high so that the inevitable French refusal would justify the renewal of war.

Subjects: British History.

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