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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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XII fome Cottehardie *, with twenty florins of gold ; and thence he went to Bologna and Ferrara, where he received forty ducats from the king of Cyprus ; and then to Rome. Inftead of the modeil equipage with which we have feen him travel into Scotland, he was now a man of importance, travelling on a handfome horfe attended by a hackney. It was about this period that Froiflart experienced a lofs for which nothing could compenfate. Philippa of Hainault, queen of England, who had loaded him with wealth, died in 1369· He compofed a lay on this melancholy event, of which however he was not a witnefs ; for he fays, in another place, that in 1395 it was 27 years finca he had feen England, According to feveral authors t, he wrote the life of queen Philippa ; but this aflertion is not founded on any proofs. Independently of the employment of clerk of the chamber to the queen of England, which Froiflart had held, he had alfo been of the houfehold of Edward III. and even of that of John king of France. As there are feveral other princes and lords of whofe houfeholds he had been, whom he calls his * Or, as'it is more often* written, Cotardie, a fort of drefs common to men and women ; here it means a Pourpoint. This was one of the a&s of generofity which great lords were aecuftomed to perform ; they put money into the purfe, which, according to the ufage of that time, was attached to the coat. ST. PALAYE. f Voffiusde Hiftoricis Latinis, lib. 3. cap. 4· Bullart, Académie des Sciences, torn. I. p. 124.


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