Eng's response to the Hapsburg-Valois war
Outbreak of war, April 1521
Fran I declared war on CHV in April 1521 by invading Luxembourg.
August 1521, a conference was called at Calais attended by representatives from FR and the Empire, to find a way to avoid further conflict.
W was chosen, as international peacemaker to negotiate a peace deal, though both sides were, in reality, playing for time.
He, could no longer win international plaudits as a peacebroker.- He knew that H was looking to join the conflict, so the time had come for Eng to ally, either with the Hapsburg or Valois
Double dealing was typical of FRel during complex period of diplomacy.
While the Calais conference was underwar, W travelled to meet CHV to Bruges where they secrectly agrreed to declare war on FR if Fran refused to make peace.- This treaty would be kept secrect until Fran had paid the next instalment for of the FR pension, after which CH agreed to compensate Eng for pension pauments during the war.
At this time, CH also confirmed his intention to marry Princess Mar, HVII's daughter by Catherine of Aragon (was now 5 years old)
1522, Eng declared war on FR- Eng troops were sent to Picardy where it soon became apparent that CHV was much more commited to the fihting in northern Italy, especially after he succesffully recover Milan than to the figghting in northern FR.
Eng fortunes improved in 1523 when the Duke of Bourban, (powerful Fr nobleman) raised his army against Fran.
Plans were swiftly drawn up for a three-pronged attack on Paris by the Dukes of Suffolk and Bourban, and imperial forces from the Netherlands.
Only return to Eng, is disarray.
H lost interest in the war and W returned to his natural habitat- the negotiating table.
Between autumn of…