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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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ON THE POETRY OF FROISSART. BY AN ANONYMOUS WRITER, In the Mémoires de FAcadémie, Vol. xiv. ^.219, &fa tXlSTORIANS have a great advantage over other writers ; for as the principal merit of their works depends on their veracity, they are not liable to the revolutions or caprices to which other* produ£Hons are fubjefted, from the arbitrary tafte of different nations and ages, and for this reafon are tranfmitted with more certainty to pofterity. Froiffart, whofe name is defervedly celebrated on account of the hiftory he has left us, would fcarcely be known from his poetry, if Pafquier had not noticed the title of a copy of his poems which he had feen in the king's library at Fontainbleau : he may, however, have occupied a no lefs honourable place among the poets of his age, than among the hiftorians ; and this is a point which M. de la Curne de Sainte Pal^ye has undertaken to examine before he concludes the refearches he has made concerning him and his produirions. To confine himfelf ftri&ly within the limits he has prefented to himfelf, he does not undertake to enter into a minute detail of all his poetry, which comprehends about thirty thoufand verfes. VOL. L g Among


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