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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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one trait againft the French : on the contrary, thi$ brave nation fuppórts itfelf, according to Froiffart, by the vigour and ftrength of its knighthood, which ι was never fo totally overwhelmed by its misfortunes, as not in the end to find fome marvellous re* fources in ita courage. The hiftorian alfo feems to have taken a pride in having been born a French* man,'by telling us, that he owed to this title the good reception which a French efquire gave him, when he lodged with him at Ortez. It is true, that the king of England, and his fon the prince of Wales, feem to have been, as long as they lived, the heroes of his hiftory ; and that, in the recital of feveral battles, he is more occupied with them than with the king of France. But, where is the Frenchman of candour, who will not find himfelf forced to give thefe princes the utmoft praife? Befides, does not our hiftorian render juftice to the valour and intrepidity of king Philip de Valois, and of king John? Nothing can furpafs the praifes he gives as well to the wifdom as to the ability of king Charles V. ; and, above all, that glorious teftimony which he makes no difficulty to put into the mouth of the king of England : " There " never was a king who armed himfelf fo little ; " and there never was a king who gave me fo much " to do." I think I have fully eftablilhed the fa£k, by the foregoing arguments, of Froiffart not being that partial hiftorian he. has been faid to have been. Neverthelefs, I think it will be more fafe to read him with fome circumfpeftion, and I repeat that we1 e 3 ought,


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