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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
page 83



bum kingdom,' and of ail the people in Europe, related without order. In a finali number of chapters we frequently meet with feveral different hiftories, begun,' interrupted, recommenced, ahd again broken off ; and in this confùfion the fame things repeated^ fometimes in order to be corre&ed, fometimes to be contradiâed, or denied, or in other cafes to be augmented. The hiftorian feems to have carried even to hia compofition of the chronicle his love of romances, and to have imitated the diforder which reigns in fuch fort of works ; from, which we "might fay he has affe&ed even to borrow thdr ftyle. Thus, for example, when he begins a narrative, he frequently u \ifes this exprefïîon, Now the tale fays;'* and when he fpeaks of the death of any one, or of fome other melancholy event, he adds, e but amend it c he could not j " phrafes which are to be met with in almoft every page of the romances of the Round - Table. However, all I fay of this romantic tafte of Froif* fart, which he feems to have preferved in his hiftory, applies folely to the ftyle he makes ufe of ; for 1 have never once obferved that he attempts to em^ bellifh it with the marvellous. The faults which are met with contrary to hiftorical exa&nefs, arife folely from the natural confufion of his mind, the preci-» pitation with which he wrote, and the ignorance he muft neceffarily have been in refpefting many things, which muft be fuppofed to have efcaped his enquiries. What he relates of diftant countries, fuch as Africa* Hungary, Tartary, and, in general, the eaftem parts


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