Fact of the day: 22nd May

On this day in 1200  King John of England and King Phillip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet. 

The Treaty of Le Goulet was signed by the kings John of England and Philip II of France in May 1200 and meant to settle once and for all the claims the Norman kings of England had as Norman dukes on French lands.

Hence it concerned bringing an end to the war over the Duchy of Normandy and finalising the new borders of what was left of the duchy, as well as the future relationship of the king of France and the dukes of Normandy.

The treaty was a victory for Philip in asserting his legal claims to overlordship over John’s French lands.


The terms of the treaty signed at Le Goulet included clarifications of the feudal relationships binding the monarchs.
Philip recognised John as King of England as heir of his brother Richard I and thus formally abandoned any support for Arthur I, Duke of Brittany, the son of John’s other older brother, Geoffrey II of Brittany.

John, meanwhile, formally recognised the new status of the lost Normandy territories by acknowledging the Counts of Boulogne and Flanders as vassal of France, not England, and recognised Philip as the suzerain of continental possessions of the Angevin Empire.

John bound himself not to support any rebellions on the part of the counts of Boulogne and Flanders.

Philip had previously recognised John as suzerain of Anjou and the Duchy of Brittany, but with the treaty of Le Goulet he extorted 20,000 marks sterling in payment for recognition of John’s sovereignty of Brittany.


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