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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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χ w of good repute, to verify and confirm what I € X might have heard elfewhere of thefe matters. In " this manner have I colle&ed the materials for this " noble hiftory ; and that gallant count de Blois " before mentioned, has taken great pains in it. As " long as through God's grace I ihall live, I fhall * continue it, for the more I work at it, the greater w pleafure I receive.; like the gallant knight or " fquire enamoured with arms, who by perfeverance " and attention perfette and accomplices himfelf, u thus by labouring anH working on this fubjeft, I ί β acquire greater ability and delight." Of all the particulars of Froiffart's life during his refidence in England, we only know that he was prefent at the feparation of the king and queen in 1361 , with their fon the-prince of Wales and the princefs his lady, who were going to take poiTeffion of the government of Acquitaine and that he vr2s between Eltham and Weftminfter in the year 1363, when king John paffed on his return to England. r There is in his poems a paftoral, which feems to allude exclnfively and undoubtedly to that event. With regard to his travels during rhe time he was attached to the fervice of the queen, he employed fix months in Scotland, and penetrated as far as thç Highlands. He travelled on horfeback frith his port* manteau behind him, and followed by a greyhound. The king of Scotland,and many lords whofe names he has preferved to us, treated him fo handfomely, that he wiihed to have returned thither. William earl of Douglas lodged him during fifteen days in his caille of Dalkeith, five miles from Edinburgh. We


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