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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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barked. During his paflage the weather was fo tern* peftuous as to threaten an immediate wreck of the veflfel: this however was not capaBle^of fufpending his application in finiihing a rondeau which he had begun in honour of his love. The weather became calm, and the rondeau was completed, when he found himfelf on a coaft, where, as he fays, they love war better thanpeace^and whereflrangers are well received. He fpeaks of England ; the reception given him, the amufements procured for him in the focieties of " lords, ladies, and damfels," and the careffes they loaded him with: but nothing wa&able to calm the melancholy which overwhelmed himj fir that, not being able longer to fupport the pangs of abfence, he refolved to return nearer to the lady of his heart. Queen Philippa of Hainault detained him in England, and learnt from a virelay, which he prefented to her, the caufe of his trouble ; (he took compaffion on him, by ordering him to go back to , his own country, on condition however of his promife to return, and furniihed him with money $t*i horfes to perform the journey. Love foon conduced him to the lady of his affe&ions. Froiflart let no opportunity flip of frequenting whatever company ihe might honour with her prefençe, and of converfing'with her. We have before feen ihe was of fuch high birth, that ec kings and emperors might have fought her thefe words taken literally would only be applicable to a perfon of blood royal or the iffue of a fovereign prince ; but how can we conned the idea of fuch, high birth with the detail he gives us of the fecret a 3 con


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