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
or 1360; ί would rather fix on the year 1360:
for in that year the treaty of Bretigny was con-*
eluded, which gave peace to France and England.
This period agrees with the time our author appears
to have gone to England : the circumftancè of the
peace naturally interrupted the progrefs of a hiftory
which had apparently no other objeft than to treat
of deeds of arms.
The fécond and third volumes are terminated at
iimilar periods ; one at the peace between the duke
of Burgundy with Ghent in 1385 ; and the other
between the French and Engliih in 1387.
Froiflart difcontinued writing in 1392; and
during the following years which were pafled in a
fuccefljon of truces between France and England,
he took advantage of going to England, where he Jiad not been for twenty-feven years.
IV. Did Froiffart make thefe Divifiom? IT may be afked if FroiiTart himfelf divided hit hiflory in the manner we have related ? I do not doubt but he was the author of the divifion into four volumes; for, befides that this divifion is obferved in all the manufcripts, even thofe of his own time, he occafionally cites fads in fome of thefe vo
lumes which had been related in a former, and makes ,ufe of the following expreflions, " as it is mentioned
·ζ in another hiftory ;" or, 6 6 as you have before " heard related in the preceding book of this re*
É c nowned excellent hiftory."
But as for the fub-divifions of the firft volume into four, fix, or eight books, they are not to be found