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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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Letters of alliance of France with Scotland'5 in 1379, with the names of thofe lords, as well Scots as French, who figned the treaty ; and 24.44, which comprehends the abridgement of the four volumes. This is preceded by a preface, wherein the abbreviator having faid he îhould follow Froiflart " chap e " ter by chapter," adds, and becaμfe this fame " Maftei John Froiflart has not made an Index to " his firft book ; and by means of the Index to a u book we may, at one glance, fee thofe parts *c which we may be defiróus to read ; I have re c folved to divide this firft book into one hundred ·" and twenty-feven chapters." We fee nothing in thefe MSS. which either eftabliihes the pretended enmity of Froiflart againft the French, nor which juftifies the accufation brought againft Sauvage of having altered the text of hishiftorian. But a magnificent MS. at Breflaw furnifhes, according to fome writers, an inconteftable proof of it. The learned world, fay they, believe they have an entire Froiflart; it has been grofsly deceived by Sauvage, who has not preferved the tenth part of it in his edition. We may reply to this charge: lft, That Sauvage will be always exempt from reproach, fince he has given us the text of Froiflart, fuch as he had feen it in- the known copies of his time, adly, That the description they give us of the miniatures of this MS. of.Breflaw, makes us believe thai it cannot be much older than towards the end of the fifteenth century ; and that confeqùently, it is but of very moderate au-" thority. In fliort, after the agreement of fo many other


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