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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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thefe wars ; Ihe who calmed the fury of her hufbancf at the (lege of Calais, and who obtained, by her interceffion, the pardon of the'fix generous citizens of that town, whom he had condemned to death. I might add, that if Froiflkrt were of the houfehold of king Edward, he was alfo of the houfehold of king John ; and it feems, he was attached to this prince even at the time when he Was in England. But, without feeking to combat thefe prejudices by others, I fhall fimply confult the text of Froiffart, which mult, in this refpeft, be the rule for our judgment. After having read him with all the attention I am capable of, without having remarked' one fingle trace of the partiality they reproach him with, I have examined with the utmoft care fome' principal points, where naturally it ought to have been the moft apparent. The acceflion of Philip de Valois to the crowft had incenfed all England, who adopted the chimerical pfetenfions of Edward III. This was a delicate circumftance for an hiftorian ; who living in the midft of a court, and a nation fo ftrongly prejudiced, was determined not to quit the line of duty. Now, thefe are the terms in which Froiffiut relates this event, after having mentioned the deaths of the kings, Louis Hutin, Philip le Long, and Charles le Bel: " The twelve peers and barons of France cc did not give the realm of France to their lifter ce who was queen of England, becaufe they de" clared and maintained, and ftill maintain, that c the kingdom of France is fo noble, it ought not " to defcend to a female, the queeft of England, nor * confi


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