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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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fcvî The homage Which king Edward III. paid to thè king of France, hurt exceedingly the delicacy of thè Engliih: they had difputed for fome time, and with great warmth, on the form in which it was tò be done j feeking to curtail it of all that was humiliating to them. As the king of France firmly fupported the prerogatives of his crown, he obliged Edward to acquit himfelf of this duty according tò the form pra&ifed by his predeceflors, an hiflx rian therefore defirous of rendering his narration fubfervient to purpofes of flattery would flightly have paiTed over this article. Froiffart, however, infide upon it as much as he is able: hè neither omits the difficulties which the Engiilh made, nor the authorities which king Philip op* pofed to them ; and he accompanies thefe details with the original a&s the moft proper to confirm them ; fo that, if the kings of France ihould ever have occafion to verify their rights, the depofition alone of Froiflârt would furnifli an authentic and inconteftable title. The Èngliih actufe the French of not being very fcrupulous in obferving treaties y and maintain, that fir Geoffry de Charni ailed by the fecret orders of the king of France, when, in contempt of a truce which had been made, he attempted to furpriz'e Calais in 1349. Rapin embraces this opinion, and fupports it by the teftimony of Froiffart, whom he quotes in the margin. I know not from what copy, or what manufcript. he has taken his authority; but, for my part, 1 read in all thè printed books and in all the manufcripts thefe words, which are quite c ^•contrary to his fentiments: « I believe, that « Geoffry


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