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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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VU This princefe, fifter to the countefs of Namur, wife of Robert, on whom Froiflart feems to have been a dependant, faw always with pleafure. her countrymen from Hainault; fhe loved letters; and the college which fhe founded, at this day known at Oxford under the name of Queen's college, is an illuftrious monument of the prote&ion Ihe granted to them ; Pròiflart therefore united all* the titles which could merit the affe&ion of queen Phitippat. The hiftory which he pfefented to her, as I have before mentioned, whether at the time of his firft journey or his fécond, (for it is not poffible to decide which of the two,) was very well received, and probably gained him the title of cierk (that is to fay fecretary or writer) of the chamber to this prtacefs, which he was in poflfeflion of from 1361« In the age of ïYoiffart, all the world was perfuaded that love was the incentive to the moil brilliant aftions of courage and virtue. Knights made a parade of it in tournament* Warriors expofed themfelves to the iftoft perilous combats, to maintain the honour and beauty of their ladies. It was then believed that love might be Gonfined to a delicate mtercourfe of gallantry and tendernefs ; it is almoft always under this form that we fee k reprefented in the greater part of thofe literary and poetical efforts which have been handed down to us from that period t the ladies bluflied not in feeling fo pure a paffion, and the m'oft modeft of them maJe it the ordinary fubjeft of their conversations. The queen of England frequently amufed herfelf by majdng Froiflart compofe amorous ditties; but a 4 this


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