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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 52



• ali found in the mod ancient manufcripts; befides, they are not uniformly the fame in thofe wherein they occur j I therefore do not hefitate to attribute them to the copyifts, who have taken this licence on themfelves. With regard to the chapters of each volume, and the titles of thefe chapters, they are only to be met with in the printed copies ; in the manufcripts of that time, and fubfequent to it, they are different, according to the various, manufcripts or printed copies ; and I fee no probability that Froiffart was the author of them. One fingle paflage may create a difficulty on this fubjeft. It is in the firft volume, on an occafion where the hiftorian refers you to the preceding chapter ; but this paflage is evidently an ' interpolation. Notwithftanding it is in the three black letter editions, and in thofe of Denys Sau-* vage, it is not to be found in any of the manufcripts which I have feen, with the exception of a fingle one in the national library, number 8321, which is of the date of the latter end of the fifteenth century, and one of the lead authentic copies wc have. V. The Tim which Froiffari employed in the Compofttion of his Hiftory. THE principal of thefe divisions, that which divides the hiftory of Kroiflart into four volumes, ferves to mark as many different epochs; at which he ftopped in the courfe of his work; whether from want of materials, having carried his narration to the time / of


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