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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 44



χχχί tranfmit to pofterity the glorious names of thofe kings, princes, and lords, of whoie generofity he had partaken. In che whole cpurfe of the life of Froiflart, I fee no period to which this alledged change can be afcribed, or which points out this lucrative trade, called by himfelf " marchandife" The indecency of the expreflion will not fuffer us to fupppfe it could be his cure of Leftines ; although he has faid, in another part, that the re&ory was of coufiderable value: could it be the profeflion of a lawyer, or that of his father, who was, as we have before ftated, a painter of arms ? A fingular mean cc ing of the word marchandife," in Commines, may perhaps give us a plaufible explanation. Commines, born in the fame country, and not' very far from t;he time of Froiflart, employs this word to fignify a négociation of affairs between princes. The buiinefs of a negociator, or rather a man of intrigue, who feeks, without any apparent charafter, to penetrate the fecrets of courts, would perhaps be that, which Froiflart repents having followed. The details into which we have entered: refpe&ing his various travels, the long refidence which he has often made, in critical times, 'with feveral princes, and the talent which he poflefled of infinuating himfelf into their good graces, feem to me to warrant this conje&ure. Extrait


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