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The earliest arbitration treaty? A reassessment of the Anglo-Norman Treaty of 991

Benham, Jenny 2020. The earliest arbitration treaty? A reassessment of the Anglo-Norman Treaty of 991. Historical Research 93 (260) , pp. 189-204. 10.1093/hisres/htaa001
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Concluded at Rouen in March 991, the Anglo-Norman treaty has traditionally occupied a very small corner of the huge historiography for King Æthelred’s reign as one of the first of the king’s failures to deal with the threat of renewed viking raids. This article is an attempt to rethink the place and importance of this treaty in the scholarly literature by looking at it from the perspective of how diplomacy was practised in the earlier middle ages. It reveals the treaty as the earliest arbitration treaty in the medieval West and offers alternative ways of viewing the immediate context and circumstances of the negotiations, as well as the persistence of important diplomatic practices across a long period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0950-3471
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 28 January 2020
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 16:15

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