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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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he Îhould always have fleered clear of the iUufiaris of partiality ; for hi& candour alone would have ferved to render him more fufceptible of them. If the circumftances be recolle&ed of pur hiftorian's life, which have been related in the preceding pages, and are conneâed with thofe times in which he laboured at the compofition of different parts of his hiftory, not only the nature of the information be might be in à fituation to gather will be manifeft, as well relative to places, as to the perfons he had feen ; but thofe perfons to whom he may be fuppofed to have leaned, will be pointed out. Thefe grounds being once eftabliihed, will be of very great afiiftance in enabling us to appreciate more juftly the different degrees of credit he may deferve, as an authority, according to the various matters he treats of, and the times in which he fpeaks of them. Without its being neceffary for me to explain myfelf more at length on this fubject every reader may apply this rule as he ihall advance in the reading of Froiffart : it will ferve him as a guide at every ftep he takes; it will guard him from error orfedu&ion; whether the hiftorian fhould have been ill-informed, or Îhould have wifhed to impofe on his readers, fuppofing it true that he were capable of fo doing. The firft volume of Froiffart comprehends, as I have faid before, the hiftory from 1326, to 1379. This period includes the time of his journey to England ; we may readily fuppofe he had difcontinued the work, for, he confidered it then as finiihed to that part, fince, he fays, he carried it to England, yhere he prefented it to the queen. It ends, as 1 have


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