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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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il Froiffart is defcribed as a knight, at the beginning of a manufcript in the abbey of St. Germain des prez ; but as he has not this title in any other manufcript, though we have fome of the mail ancient, and moll authentic ; it feems probable, that the copyift has given it to him from his own authority. His infancy announced what he would one day be ; he early inanifefted that eager and inquifitive mind, which during the courfe of his life never allowed him to remain long attached to the fame, occupations, nor to continue long in the fame place. The different games fuitable to that age, of which he gives us a piâure equally curious and amufing, kept up in his mind a natural propenfity to dHIipàtion, which during his early ftudies muft have tried the patience as well as exercifed the feverhy of his mailers. He loved hunting, mqfic, a'ffembKes, feafts, dancing, drefs, good living, wine, and women : thefe tafles, which almoil all ihowed themfelves from twelve years of age, being confirmed by habit, were continued even to his old age, and perhaps never left him. Neither the ferions thoughts nor the affections of Froiffart being yet fufficiently engaged, his love for hiftory filled up the void, which his paffion for pleafure left ; and became to him an inexhauflible fource of amufemcnt. He had juft left fchool, and was fcarcely twenty years old, when at the intreaty of his dear lord and patron fir Robert deNa??tur9 knight', lord ofBedufort% he undertook to write the hiftory of the wars of his 3 own


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