The Anglo-Norman treaty of 991


Working on the Medieval

The Anglo-Norman treaty of 991 refers to a letter made in the name of Pope John XV who played a major role in initiating peace negotiations between King Æthelred II of England and Richard I, duke of Normandy. Unlike many other treaties we know of from this period it is a near contemporary document, having been copied in the early 11th century.[1]  Whilst this may seem like a fairly straight forward source Chaplais has argued that the author was likely one of the clerical representatives from either parties, by showing that there is significant deviation from standard Papal written norms.[2]   The Pope is most likely attributed as the author as it was the Pope who acted as a neutral third party for this treaty.[3]  The source itself is simply meant to act as a record of the events described from the Church’s point of…

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