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Sir Henry Norris's account of negotiations with France for the restoration of Calais to England

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Sir Henry Norris's account of negotiations with France for the restoration of Calais to England

Author
Sir Henry Norris
Date
3 April 1567
Medium
Manuscript

One of Sir Henry Norris's initial tasks, upon his appointment as ambassador to the French court in 1566, was to seek the restoration of Calais to England. Calais had been lost to the French during the reign of Elizabeth I's half-sister Mary in 1558. Under the terms of the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis of 1559, Elizabeth had agreed to the temporary surrender of Calais to France for eight years. In this account, of which this is a contemporary copy, Norris recounts the audience with Charles IX and the Queen Mother, Catherine de' Medici, at which he presented Elizabeth's demand for Calais's return. The request was quickly rebuffed by the Queen Mother, who citing a clause in the treaty, responded that "you know that your Queene hath forfeited Callais and all her right diverse waies. As first by envadinge the Kings Subjectes in Scotland. Then after most manifestlie at Newhaven, where the King my Sonn was fayne with a hole Army to recover it."

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