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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
page 36



XXUl îiando Portelet, had lately come to Middlèburgh, in Zealand. Portelet was on his road to Pruflia to join in the war againft the infidels, and had been prefent in all the wars of Portugal. Froiffart4 immediately fet out, in company with a Portuguese, a friend of the knight ; went to Sluys, embarked, and arrived at Middleburgh, where his fellow-traveller prefented him to Portelet. cc This knight, gracious, amiable, and eafy of " accefs," related to him, during the fix days they paffed together, every thing which had been done in Portugal and Spain, from the death of king Ferdinand until his departure from Portugal. Froiffart, equally pleafed with the recitals of Portelet, and with his politenefs, took leave of him, and returned home ; where, having arranged all the information he had acquired in his various travels, he compofed a new book, which makes the third of his hiftory. The paffage whence thefe particulars are taken adds, that Froiffart, on quitting Zealand, and before his return to his own country, went once more to Rome. Although, in this inftance, the printed copies are conformable to the manufcripts, this journey, of which no other mention ifc made, feems to me quite improbable. Denys Sauvage affures us, in a marginal note, that, inftead of Rome, we ihould read Bruges, Sluys, or Valenciennes : it is much more natural to read Damme, a port in the neighbourhood of Sluys, where as we have feen the hiftorian embarked. b 4 It


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