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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 57



xlvî which, according to all appearances, was immediately written. There is an interval of upwards of twelve year*beiween the compofition of this volume and the enfuing one ; for, the author only began the third in 1390. He then wrote it by command, and at the expence, of the count de Blois : this he ex-1 prefsly fays in the beginning of the 97th chapter. There is nothing to prevent us from believing that the preceding volume had been compofed by the orders of the fame nobleman, lìnee I have ihewn in the Memoirs of his life, that Froiflait appeared to have been attached to his fervice from the year 1385. The third volume, which returns to thofe events that had happened fince the year 1382, and which gives a fuller account of them, had been, as I have juft faid, begun upon in 1390, and was already fimihed in 1392. The author makes this to be underftood in that part where he fpeaks of the conventions entered into by the duke of Britanny with the king of France. He fays, that at the time he was finiihing this book, the duke had faithfully obferved them, and had not done any thing worthy of being noticed. W e fhall hereafter witnefs the difobedience of this duke in 1392 ; who, having received Peter de Craon at his palace, at the time whea he was a ftate criminal, refined to obey the orders Charles VI. fent him to give him up. This whole volume feems to me to have been compofed without interruption ; at leaft, there is a material connexion


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