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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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ìii number 8318, we read in the fame hand writing with the manufcript, that it was given to John Duke of Berry the 8th November, 1407, by William Boifratier, Mailer of Requefls, and Counsellor, to this Prince. If it he the fame which has fince been given by M. de Chandenier to M. le Laboureur, as this laft believed, it would be rendered the more precious from this circumftance, that there would be found in it very confiderable variations, which he fays he has obferved in this manufcript, from the printed copies, and more efpecially from, that of Sauvage1; or it would convince us of the fàlfity of this imputation, which appears to me very fufpicious. But as the copy of M. le Laboureur, as he himfelf informs us, contained miniatures reprefenting the principal events of the Hiftory, and as the one which Boifratier prefented to the Duke of Berry does not contain any, it is certain that it cannot be the fame. Although the miniatures, head-pieies, capital letters illuminated and embofled with gold, in the MS. 8319, be of great beauty ; it muft, neverthelefs, yield in this refpeft. to number 8320, from which much may be learnt regarding warlike cuiloms, ceremonies, drefles, and other points of antiquity. The Reverend Father Montfaucon has taken from them the prints of the entry of Queen of which Credo is perhaps an abbreviation. .With regard to the fécond, the number of fyllables is preferved which an hexameter. yerfe requires ; and that ihould be fufficient not to quarrel with the meafure. ST. PALAYB. Ifabella


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