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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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Ixxxix the whole of his Chronicle, when the author, to* wards the end, fpeaking of the death of Richard, fays that he would not enter into any detail of it, from want of having fufficient information. The addition is a fort of letter, true or falfe, which k addreffed to him, and by which he is informed of all the particulars ; fuch as had been written by a man worthy of belief, who was then in England* The manner in which this fad is related hastnot been forgotten by the Engliih hiftorians, who have mentioned^ the different rumours which had gonç abroad on this, fubjeâ. Number 17 feems to have been written by the fame hand a$ 15 and 16, and thefe three added to the MS, of the third book, which is wanting, per. haps made the work, complete. Under the number 169 of the Coiflin library, at prefent in that of St. Germain-desJPrez, are coin r prehended four volumes, three of which are of the feme hand*writing ; that is to fay, of the middle of the fifteenth century, containing the firft, the third, and laft book of Froiffart. The fourth, which is of the fame writing, but more beautiful, is another copy of the laft book, with the addition which 1 have juft mentioned, concerning the death of Richard. M. Mahudel has communicated to me a MS. of the beginning ofthe fifteenth century, without a title, and which may have been fuppofed to have been written by Froiffart ; but it is only a very fuccinâ abridge* ment, in which has been preferved, as much as poffible, the original text of the hiftorian to the end pf the firil volume, where the abridgement ceafes. It


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