Treaty of Bretigny
This treaty between King Edward III and King John of France agreed that Edward would renounce his claim to the French throne in return for full sovereignty rights over Aquitaine, Poitou and Calais. John was also to pay 3 million crowns to Edward. He would be released after paying 1 million but his son would remain hostage until the full amount was paid.
1361 (10th October)
King Edward’s son and heir, Prince Edward, married Joan, daughter of the Earl of Kent.
A law stipulated that the only form of recreation allowed on a Sunday was longbow practice.
1364 (8th April)
John II of France died. He was succeeded by his son Charles V.
Simon Langham was elected Archbishop of Canterbury.
Edward the Black Prince led a force to support Pedro of Castile to victory in the Castilian Civil War.
1367 (6th January)
Edward’s grandson, Richard was born to Prince Edward and his wife, Joan of Kent.
1368 (11th October)
William Whittlesey was elected Archbishop of Canterbury.
1368 (29th November)
Edward’s son, Lionel of Antwerp, died.
Charles V of France renewed the war with England when he intervened in Aquitaine which was rebelling against Edward’s rule. Many of Edward’s most accomplished soldiers had died and his younger son, John of Gaunt was given charge of a military campaign against Charles V but he was unsuccessful.
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote an elegy on the death of John of Gaunt’s wife entitled ‘The Boke of the Duchesse’.