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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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far Bodm, Pafquier, Brantôme, Sorel, la PopeKniere* le Laboureur, decide againft him in the moft pofitive terms. It féems even that his readers, prejudiced by the connexions which Froifiart had with the EngEfh, may have fome re^fon to diftrpft every thing he relates to their advantage. In truth, he begins by faying, that he had written his hiftory at the felicitations of Robert de Namur, a near relation ©f queen Philippa, and a vaffid of the crown of England, which he ferved as a partizan againft France. In another part he informs us, that he was of the houfehold of Edward IIL the moft cruel enemy of the French ; and that his queen, to whom fee was fecretary, had not only, by her Kberality, enabled him to travel into various parts in order to enrich his Hiftory, but th^t ihe had gpneroully paid, feim for his labours in it* In fhort, the firft twentyfix chapters of his Chronicle folely concern the hiftory of England, which has been the reafon why it has been called the " Chronicle of England** infeveral manufcripts. Thence it has been concluded, that Froifiart, from feis intimate attachment to the court of England, muft be a violent partizan of that nation, and the enemy of its enemies. Nothing more was wanted to make accounts, the moft innocent, as given by any other hiftorian, to appear poifonous from his pen : but in order to judge if this fufpicion has any foundation, I will, run over the period of which fop has tranfmitted to us the hiftory, and examinç fircceflively the different fituations he occupied whei\ r te


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