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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 62



This deiìre, which always animated him in hit various inquiries, fupported him during forty years of labour, in which he neither fpared attention nor time, and for which he feared not expending very confiderable fums of money. In reality, nothing can be more proper than the fpeftacle which Froiffart places continually before the eyes of his readers, to infpire them with a love for war ; that induftrious vigilance, always on its guard againft furprizes, inceflantly a&ive to furprize others; that a&ivity* which counts as nothing pains and fatigue; that contempt of death, which elevates the mind above the fear of danger ; in fhort, that noble ambition which excites to enterprizes of the greàteil peril. He paifes in review all the heroes who, during almoft a whole century, were produced by two warlike nations ; one of which was encouraged by fucceffes as flattering as they were uninterrupted ; and the other, irritated by its misfortunes, was making exertions to revenge, at any price, its own honour and that of its king. In fo great a number of a&ions, of which many were eminently glorious to each party, it was not poflible but that fome * were to be found of a quite different fort. Froiffart does not take lefs pains to paint thefe lait, in order to raife as much horror at vice, as he wifhed to infpire love for virtue ; but, if all thefe. pi&ures had been the fruits of his own imagination, they would not have been felt as much as he wiihed them. In order that their impreflion on the heart and mind ihould be perfectly fure, and ftroftg, it' was neceffary that their bafis ihould be founded on da the


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