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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
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MEMOIRS OF THE M LIFE OF FRO IS S ART. JOHN FROISSART, prieit, canon, and trea^ ^ furer of the collegiate church of Chimay, hiftorian and poet, was born in Valenciennes^ a town in Hainault, about the year 1337. This date, which appears contradi&ed by one fingle paflage in his Chronicle, is confirmed by a number of others, as well in his Chronicle, as in his manufcript poems. Attentive as he was to inform us of the moft minute particulars of his life, he does not fay one word relative to his family. It can only be conje&ured from a paffage in his poems, that his father's name was Thomas* and that he was a painter of arms. W e find in his Hiftory a Froiffart Meullier, a young knight frora Hainault, who lìgnalized himièlf by his valour at the fiege of the caftle of Figueras in Spain, which the Englifh and Gafcons attacked m 1381. His country and name induce me to believe that our hiftorian might be a relation of his, and like him fprung from a noble family. VQIMI. a Froiffart


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