Winchester, Treaty of

November 1153. Drawn up between King Stephen and Henry, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, before becoming king as Henry II. It resolved the issues of Stephen's hold on the English throne and the succession. Conflict during Stephen's reign had begun with Henry's mother. Matilda, who had challenged the king in support of her son's claim to the throne. By 1153, England had been through the *Anarchy. Various other matters were included in the treaty, which attempted to undo the many ills and seizures of property during that time. What it did do was to settle the succession on Stephen's death and ensure there would be no conflict over that succession. -

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