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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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htxv fpfeaks óf the impatience of the young kingGiarleg VI. to receive his new bride ; and in that wherein he relates the jokes which this prince made on his uncle,, the duke of Berry, who, at a time of life not well fuited for love, married a ypung wife. The tafte of the author is very yifible in the manner in which he treats thefe fubje&s ; but as the age he lived in knew how to conciliate all things, this taftëdid not exclude theftraip of devotion which runs through, the courfe of his work, It is only to be wiflied that he had not degraded his religion, by a credulity ridieuloyfly fuperftitious ; falfe miracles, prophecies, enchantments, have nothing in them fo abfurd as not to find in him an unbounded and blind belief. Every one knows the tale he tells of the demon Orthon. It can fcarcely be comprehended how he can connect with chriftianity the example which he draws from the fable of Afteon to juftify the probability of an adventure of the fame fort, which rilakes part of another tale. He has befides been reproached with having dilhonoun; ed hiftory by his too great minutenefs. I agree that we readily would have difpenfed with his telling us at what fign thofe lodged of whom he was fpeaking, and pointing out the inns where he himfelf had fomethnes taken up his quarters ; but I cannot equally condemn the love adventures, the feafts, and ceremonies of which he has left us deferì ptions. Although at times his narrations be not relating to fubjeâs fufficiently noble, yet he paints fo agreeably juid fo truly the age of yfhich he writes the, hiftory, ' - ... that


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