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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 89



IxxviS •β hi the year 13S9; extra&ed from the foùrtft ·' book of the hiftory of Froiflart without.mark* -ing either the date, or place of its impreffion. I am ignorant whether this be not an old frag^ tnent of Froiflart which Sauvage had confulted^ which had been printed before thè blâck-letter edtf tions, and of which I have never been able to gain any knowledge. To return to thofe editions I have pointed out, I fhall fix principally on that of Sau* tage, and endeavour to fhew, at the fame time, what opinion fhould be formed of the black-lcttef editions which preceded his. If the hiftorian has been accufed of fhewing toor great a hatred to the French in feveral parts of his chronicle, the editor has been equally accufed of fhewing too great a partiality for them, by fuppreffiing every thing which might difpleafe them. Perhaps, this charge is only made in confequence of the firft y and readers, prejudiced on one hand againft Frfciffart for having been an enemy to the French, fur-* prizedon the other at not fioding any traces of this pretended enmity in his. hiftory,, may have \judged, without further reafon, that Sauvage had retrenched, through love for his country, all that the hiftorian, had written through hatred to it. The French, •With whom Sauvage, according to this mode of* reafonirigi ought to have found favour, have hot been lefs hard upon him on another head. According to feveral, he has altered and disfigured the proper names ; he has changed the fimple language of the rimes of Froiflart, to fubftitute his own; by which he has more obfcurcd the hiftory than en lightened


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