Treaty of Orléans

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Treaty of Orléans (translation)  (1275) 

The Treaty of Orléans was a marriage treaty signed in 1275, that led to a short-lived personal union between the kingdoms of Navarre and France. It was signed by Philip III of France and his cousin Blanche of Artois, mother and regent to the two-year-old Joan I of Navarre.

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Philip, by the grace of God, king of the French, to all who see this letter, greeting. Be it known that I and my dearest relative Blanche, queen of Navarre and countess palatine of Champagne and Brie, have drawn up this contract of marriage between her daughter Jeanne, sole heiress of Navarre and Champagne, and one of my two oldest sons, who will obtain a papal dispensation in order to marry her. These are the terms of the agreement:

I and the queen will conscientiously entreat my son and Jeanne to betroth themselves to each other when they reach the minimum age of consent for a betrothal. When Jeanne becomes nubile, my son will accept her in marriage and she will accept him, unless serious illness, deformity, or other reasonable impediment appears in either of them before their marriage. If my son who marries Jeanne does not succeed to the kingdom, I will grant Jeanne an annual revenue of 4000 J., money of Paris, as her dower, which my son will assign. But if that son succeeds me to the kingdom, she will be assigned a larger dower, according to my wishes or my son's, if I should die before they are married. I swore to observe this agreement in good faith, obligating myself and my heir who will succeed to the kingdom to implement it faithfully. The queen swore on Holy Scriptures to carry out this agreement fully and to implement it faithfully, and that neither she nor anyone else will challenge it in the future.

We also agreed that this contract in no way prejudices the queen's guardianship of her daughter, her own dower, or the acquisitions which she ought to have in her lands, or any other of her rights. In testimony of which I have had my seal affixed to this letter. Done at Orleans in the year of our Lord 1275, in the month of May.