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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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Ixii Froiflârt, who informs, us of this clrcuinftantfev with .which he muft have been well acquainted, tells cs another, which clearly ihews, that Winceflaus ever preferved the friendlhip of king Charles, as well as that of his council. During the time the war was carrying on with the greateil obftinacy, he obtained a paiTport for the prihcefs Anne of Bohemia to go to England, where ihe was to marry Richard-II. Charles and his uncles accompanied this favour with the molt obliging letters, adding that they only granted it out of friendihip to him. Froiffart had not any intereft to write againit France during the time he paffed with this prince ; he had, fliortly afterwards, ftill lefs, when he was fecretary to the count de Blois, who crowned a life, completely devoted to the interefts of France, with the iacrifice of the intereils of his own family, The mod trifling marks of ill-will againft France would have expofed him to lofe, not only the good graces of his mailer, but the fruit of his hiftorical labours, which he had induced him to continue, and which he fo generoufly recompenfed. The Hiftorian therefore, fearful of reproaches to which he might be liable for being too good a Frenchman, re proaches very different from thofe which have been fince made him, thinks himfelf bound to juftify, in the following terms, what he relates of the inviolable attachment of the Bretons to the crown of France againft the Engliih, vol. iii. chapter LXIV. year 1387. " Let no one fay I have been cor, ( rupted by the favours which the count Guy de w Blois (who has made me write this Hiftory) has « ihewn


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