Treaty of Frankfurt (1539)

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The Treaty of Frankfurt (also spelled Treaty of Frankfort),[1] also known as the Truce of Frankfurt,[2] was a formal agreement of peace between Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Protestants on 19 April 1539. The parties met at Frankfurt-on-the-Main,[3] and the Lutherans were represented by Philip Melancthon.[4] The treaty stated that the emperor would not take any violent actions against the Protestants, who had formed an alliance known as the Schmalkaldic League, for fifteen months starting 1 May;[3] during this time both parties could try and resolve the differences in their confessions. As a result of this peace, the Schmalkaldic League lost the protection of France.[3]


  1. ^ Smith, The Age of the Reformation, p. 122.
  2. ^ Armstrong, p. 325.
  3. ^ a b c Hagenbach, p. 235.
  4. ^ Smith, The Life and Letters of Martin Luther, p. 314.