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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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miniatures,, bnt they are equally beautiful ; which h the only merit the number poffefles.; for otherwife it is, properly fpeaking, but an extraft of Froiffart, and frequently many chapters are omitted together; Number 16, which is the fame writing as number 15, of which it is a continuation,, contains, be* fides the fécond vojume, a part of the third, as fa* as thefe words or the 44th chapter, page 151 of thé edition of Sauvage : " Thus was broker* off the i C expedition by fea at this time to which it add*, ** which coft the kingdom of France G. M. francs, V thirty times counted/' No. 8330 has for title, "» The third volume of C i the Chronicles of Froiflart \" although it contains but the fécond. By a fimilar miftake we read* at die endpf number 8325, which concludes the third volume, € C here ends the fécond volume- of the Chronicles of Froiffart." This MS. which is but of the middle of the fifteenth century, is that m which the language of old times is the moil pr£ ferved : perhaps it has been copied from fome other more antient than thofe which we poffefs. There ane at the end fome circumftances concerning Froiffart, which are alfo in thé- MSvS. 83 28 and 232, and which are not in the printed copies. It is chiefly the ar.tquity of the ftyle, which makes me confider the MS. 83 29, although fcarce earlier than die end of the fifteenth century, as the bed we have for the fourth volume. We find in it, as in the numbers 8331, 8341, 42, and 17, two important additions. The firft is the preface, which I have nor ticcd in the life of Froiffart ; the fécond terminates


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