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The Treaty of Senlis concerning the Burgundian succession was signed at Senlis, Oise in May of 1493 between Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and King Charles VIII of France.

Partition of Burgundy between 1477 and 1493      Habsburg      France      John II, Count of Nevers

After the last Valois Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold had died without male heir at the 1477 Battle of Nancy, his cousin Louis XI of France was determined to come into his inheritance, especially the Burgundian Netherlands with the thriving County of Flanders. However Maximilian I of Habsburg, husband of Charles the Bold's daughter Mary of Burgundy, also claimed his rights, which led to clashes of arms culminating at the 1479 Battle of Guinegate, concluded in favour of Maximilian. Nevertheless Mary died in 1482 and according to the Treaty of Arras Maximilian had to cede Burgundy, the County of Artois including the City of Arras and several minor lordships to France.

Though he managed to keep Flanders Maximilian was dissatisfied with the agreement and urged on the retrieval of the County of Burgundy, Artois and Charolais. In 1493 Charles VIII, stuck in the conflict with King Alfonso II of Naples, finally had to acknowledge the claims. Based on the terms of the Senlis Treaty, all hostilities between France and the Seventeen Provinces were officially over. Moreover, the disputed territories were relinquished to the House of Habsburg and Artois and Flanders were annexed by the Holy Roman Empire. However, France was still able to retain powerful legal claims and outposts in both provinces.[1]


  1. ^ Potter, p. 255.


  • Potter, David. A History of France, 1460-1560: The Emergence of a Nation-State. New Studies in Medieval History, 1995.

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