The History of Leith

April 3, 2008

The Auld Alliance

The Auld Alliance (French: Vieille Alliance, Norwegian: auld-alliansen) refers to a series of treaties, offensive and defensive in nature, between Scotland and France aimed specifically against England. The first such agreement was signed in Paris on 23 October 1295 — subsequently ratified at Dunfermline the following February — during the reign of John Balliol and Philip the Fair. It was renewed on several subsequent occasions, and affected Franco-Scottish (and English) affairs until the Treaty of Edinburgh in 1560. There were times when the two nations acquired considerable mutual benefit from the alliance, particularly after the outbreak of the Hundred Years War, but its application was far from even. for more click here

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