Anglo-French War, 1549-1550

A.) Prehistory

In the Anglo-French War of 1542-1546, England had taken the French port city of Boulogne-sur-mer. King Henry VIII. had died in 1547, succeeded by his son Edward, then merely 10 years old. The regents in England introduced the protestant reform in England, which again caused rebellions (Cornish Rebellion 1549, also referred to as the Prayer Book Rebellion, and Kett's Rebellion 1549. England war still involved in the Anglo-Scottish War of 1542-1549. The religious policy of England had lead to the dissolution of the English alliance with the (Catholic) Emperor, which had formed the backbone of Henry VIII.'s foreign policy.

B.) The War

In the short Anglo-French War of 1549-1550. the French retook Boulogne-sur-mer.

C.) The Legacy

England, which under a succession of rulers went through several changes in the direction of religious policy, failed to establish stable foreign alliances. In the Anglo-French War 1557-1559, England would lose her last stronghold on the French mainland, Calais.

Anglo-French Wars, from British Battles
Grands Moments de l'Histoire de Boulogne-sur-mer, in French

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First posted on February 20th 2004, last revised on November 17th 2004

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