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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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! ¥Π. What End Froiffart propefed to himfelf in writing his Hifiory ; and what Rules he laid down to h'wtfelfin its compo/ition. IT may eafily be judged, from the detail of the pains which FroifTart himfelf tells us he took, that, he was acquainted with the rules of found criticifm, and the true method which ought to be followed in writing hiftory. He likewife informs us, that he bad no intention of making a dry Chronicle, wherein fa&s are fimply related with their dates, and in the order of their occurrence, but that he was. anxious to write what m^y be called in truth hiftory,. in which the events are prefented with all the çircumftances attendant on them. The details which lay open the fecret fprings by which mankind aft, are precifely thofe which unveil the character and the very heart of the perfonages which hiftory places on the ftage ; and this was one of the effentiai parts of the defign which FroiiTart had propofed to himfelf in writing this hiftolical work. Many paffages throughput*the following pages, indicate that he had a natural inclination for it, and that he found infinite pleafure in writing it; but another, objeft,; which .does him much more honour, greatly ftrengthened this natural tafte : he prqpofed to preferve, for future ages, the memory of thpfe men who had made themfelves renpwned by their, courage, or by their virtues ; to give to their ailions a value, which nothing can efface, nor alter; and, by amufing ufefully his readers, to give birth to, or. augment in their hearts, the love of glory, by the moil brilliant examples. .This


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