The treaty of vervins 1598

Importance of the treaty of vervins 1598 between Phillip II (Spain) and Henry IV (France)

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  • The treaty of Vervins 2nd May 1598
    • Shortly before his death, Philip II concluded the Treaty of Vervins (1598) with France, which substantially reestablished the position of 1559.
    • FRANCE RECIEVED
      • Metz
      • Toul
      • Verdun
      • Calais
      • Amiens
    • SPAIN RECIEVED
      • France agreed to papal arbitration over French claims to Saluzzo (seized by the Duke of Savoy in 1588)
        • henry  declared war on Savoy in 1600 over Saluzzo question
          • resultant peace treaty of 1601 saw H give up claims but recieve Bresse, Bugey, Valromey and Gex.
    • In 1595, henry's position was strong enough to declare war on spain - united France (common cause) undermined an important ally of the Leagues.
    • All towns captured by either side since Cateau-Cambresis in 1559 should be returned
      • diplomatic victory for H - in return he abandoned his English and dutch allies
        • Phillip formally renounced
    • lead to future conflict -like nantes.
      • henry  declared war on Savoy in 1600 over Saluzzo question
        • resultant peace treaty of 1601 saw H give up claims but recieve Bresse, Bugey, Valromey and Gex.
    • arguably ended war with Spain (conflict did not cease)

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