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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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XX of the journey which ftie took acrofe t]|p Lyonnois r h Brdfe, le Fores, and the Bourbonnois, as far as. Riom, in Auvergne. The ftay at Avignon was unfortunate to Froiffart, for he was robbed there. This melancholy adventure was the fubjeâ of a long poem, in which he -introduces feveral incidents of his life, and which I have made ufe of in this memoir* This poem fhtws that the delire of vifiting the tomb of the Cardinal de Luxembourg, who died with the reputation of a ,faint, was not the fole motive which had induced him to pafs again through Avignon in the fuite of the young princefs ; but that he was charged with a private commiffion from the lord de Couci. He might, as he fays, have endeavoured to feek redrefs for the lofs of his money by foliciting a benefice ; but this refource was not to his tafte- He laid greater ftrefs on the generofity of the lord de la Riviere, and the count de Sancerre, who accompanied the duchefe of Berry, and on that of thevifcount d'Afei. He reprefents lumfelf, in this poem, as a man of much expence : befides the revenue of the living of Leftines, which was confiderable, he had received, fince he was twenty-five years old, two thoufand francs, o f which nothing remained. The collection for his work had coft him feven hundred francs ; but he ïegretted not this expence î for, as he fays, 1 4 I have " compofed many a hiftory which will be fpoken of " by pofterity." The remainder was fpent among the tavern-keepers at Leftinces, and in his travels* which he always performed with a good equipage, 9 welt


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