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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 85



wcfind in this hiftory every thing whicfyçan excite curiofity with regard to nobility and knighthood, iheir challenges, their deadly combats, tilts, tournaments, entries of princes ; affemblies, feafts, balls, the dreffes of both fexes ; fo that his chronicle is a cpmplete.body.of the antiquities of the fourteenth century. I muft own that thefe details only attract attention from their own Angularity ; they are related without ftudy, and without art ; it is, in truth, a familiar conversation with a man of underftanding, who has feen a great deal, and tells his ftory well. Neverthelefs, this amiable ftory teller knows how, at tinted, and in particular when be fpeaks of any grand event, to unite the majefty of hiftory with the fimplicity of a tale. Let any one read, among Other things, thç many bâties,.which he has fo ex* cellen{ly*painted ; let him read the recital of the famous battle of Poitiers, they will there fee m the perfon of the prince of Wales* a hero, ftr greater by the generofity with which he made ufe of his viftory, by his attentions to a conquered prince» and by the refpeâ he always paid him, than by thofe efforts of courage which had n*ade him triumph* I do not believe there is any thing which can equal the fublimity of this morfei of hiftory, nothing, which can more intereft the heart and elevate the mind. Others, of a very different nature, have their value in their fimplicîty ; fuch is the epifode of the love of the king of England for the countefst of Saliibury; the tender and affe&ing recital of. which does not yield to the moil ingenious and beft-written romances. The hiftorian fomerimes takes a $ay tone; as in the chapter wherein.he, fpeaks


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